Brendon Hartley crashed hard in practice three for the British Grand Prix

Brendon Hartley crashed hard in practice three for the British Grand Prix

Teams were putting in the final preparations for the British Grand Prix qualifying later this afternoon when Hartley was involved in a horrifying moment.

Driving down the 200mph Wellington Straight, Hartley suddenly lost all control of his car as he went hurtling into the barriers.

Upon replays it was clear the crash was through no fault of Hartley’s own.

His front left tyre suddenly exploded, leaving the New Zealander as merely a passenger.

The replays suggested a front-left tyre suspension failure with Hartley crashing into the barrier heading into Brooklands.

Fortunately, he was able to get on team radio to confirm his well-being and was able to step out of the car.

“What a scary experience for Brendon Hartley," Anthony Davidson said on Sky Sports.

The red flag was immediately waved on the session and there was a 14-minute delay as marshals cleared the wreckage with Hartley's car being craned away.

 

Brendon Hartley suffered a front-left suspension

Brendon Hartley suffered a front-left suspension

Brendon Hartley was heading down the 200mph Wellington Straight when he crashed

Brendon Hartley was heading down the 200mph Wellington Straight when he crashed

Toro Rosso decided to keep Pierre Gasly in the garage to inspect his car and to see what happened to Hartley’s car.

With only two hours to go until qualifying starts, the Red Bull junior team face a race against time to get Hartley’s car ready.

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