The accident at Silverstone that stopped the race on the first lap could have been a great deal more serious than it ended up being, as it is clear from footage that has been posted on Youtube, that I am not allowed to show here because of the restrictions that the Formula One group has in relation to broadcasting images of the race. However, still images from this sequence show just how lucky Max Chilton was when his Marussia was hit by wreckage from Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, notably one of the two tyres which were torn loose from the Ferrari’s wheels. What was left of the wheels remained with the car thanks to the wheel tethers. If the tyre had hit Chilton’s head it could have had very serious consequences.
“That was a scary moment when I was hit by the flying tyre,” Chilton said. “I was very lucky in one respect but massively unlucky given the damage to my car. It was like an explosion. Everything shot across to the left-hand side of the track and I saw something fly across and I ducked and luckily it hit the nose and went to the left and broke my front wheel duct.”