Sebastian Vettel had a nasty moment at the end of morning practice in Silverstone when the entire nose of his car came loose and tipped forward, leaving the front wing dragging along the ground
The incident happened on the approach to the high speed new righthander at Abbey, and fortunately the German was able to run wide across the run-off area. Unaware of what happened he told the team that he’d just lost steering, and was told to return to the pits.
The team had done a ‘hot swap’ – ie a fast nose change – earlier in the session, but that was some time before it came loose. The nose is held on by four screws at the top and side which are tightened by mechanics before the car goes out. After the session Adrian Newey and the team engineers spent some time examining the front of the car.
“It’s a bit of a strange one,” said team boss Christian Horner.