The Malta Independent 17 October 2019, Thursday

Watch - Formula 3: Driver hits raised kerb, spins through the air at Monza, but walks away unharmed

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 14:04 Last update: about 2 months ago

A Formula 3 driver was involved in a terrifying crash today as he hit a raised kerb on a race track and flipped through the air three times.  

Alex Peroni, 19, was launched through the air after hitting the 'sausage kerb' at the Monza race track in Milan.

The Australian teenager remarkably walked away unscathed after his car nose-dived into the side of the track before landing upside down on its roof.  

Today's crash comes exactly one week after the 170mph horror crash that killed Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert. 

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Lewis Hamilton watched the terrifying moment while giving a live interview at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps last Saturday.

After today's crash Peroni looked shaken but was able to walk away with the aid of marshals and medical staff. No other drivers were involved. 

While the speed Peroni hit the kerb at is unknown, an average Formula 3 car's top speed is a whopping 167mph. 

The rounded kerb he hit was initially implemented in racing to prevent drivers from exceeding track limits but has caused other accidents in the past.

It has now been removed ahead of the Formula One races of the weekend after complaints flooded in from other drivers. 

The third and final practice session for this weekend's Formula One race was delayed while the crash barrier was repaired and the kerb was removed.

Peroni, from Hobart in Tasmania, is in his first season in the Formula 3 Championship. He was 18th in the drivers' classification entering the Monza weekend with his best finish so far eighth in France. 

He had formerly raced in the Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault NEC competitions in recent years and won the 2016 Challenge Monoplace series. 


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