Jenson Button has made yet another correct tyre call on a damp Shangai track. When most changed to inters, the World Champion kept his tyres and went on to win the Chinese GP. Lewis Hamilton helped McLaren secure a 1-2 finish, ahead of Rosberg and Alonso.
Imagine how traumatizing it is to be sliding at 200mph, with no steering, no front brakes, no front wheels. Good thing there are 2 braking circuits!
This failure seemed to be from impact and torsion from the bump when the locked wheel came down on it. I was watching a german feed, they zoomed in on the video and you could see the upright rotating with the wheel, a couble degrees, the joints twisted, buckled then exploded. Scary, knowing that a couple laps could cause that kind of failure. I am guessing STR would do an investigation before they put poor buemi back in the car.
similar failure from vibration and braking torque:
Sky mentioned in their commentary that Tora Rosso experimented with a new wheel carrier. They have now went back to the older version.
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