Sainz joins Wall of Champions Hall of Fame after Q2 crash


Carlos Sainz Jr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The famed Wall of Champions has claimed another victim as Carlos Sainz Jr crashed during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion clipped the wall that has claimed so many high profile names through the years at the exit of the final chicane, with the initial hit breaking the right rear suspension that then pushed him into the wall with the front wheel.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver then slid down the wall down the pit straight before coming to rest just passed the start/finish line, ironically setting a time of 1:21.956 in the process.

Sainz had left it late to set a good time during the opening phase of qualifying, and had shown speed throughout the weekend to have qualified inside the top ten, but now the Spaniard is likely to start down in sixteenth place at best.

The session was halted while marshals cleared up the mess left behind my the Toro Rosso, with Sainz unhurt from the incident, jogging across the closed track back to the pits.

Throughout the years, the same wall has claimed the likes of Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel over the years, so Sainz is in very good company.