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Excessive kerb loads caused Perez Hungaroring crash

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Sahara Force India Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer has revealed that a different loading on the suspension of the VJM08 caused Sergio Perez to crash during practice on Friday at the Hungaroring.

Perez rolled his car following the suspension failure during FP1, with the team withdrawing from the second session as a precaution while they investigated the issue, with the team determining that the high loading while running over the kerbing at the Hungaroring was the cause of the failure, with Szafnauer revealing that the team have bolstered their suspension as a result.

“The failure was due to the fact the loading that it saw is different to any other track on the calendar,” said Szafnauer to Autosport.

“The rumble strips here are so long that if you ride on them completely, you get high frequency, a decent aptitude load, that you don’t see anywhere else.

“You can still run onto them, but don’t stay on them forever. But, we have stiffened them up significantly after testing them back at base.”

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