Kubica escapes injury in violent crash

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Robert Kubica astonishingly escaped his violent crash in the Canadian Grand Prix without serious injury. But the shocking accident on lap 27 of the Canadian Grand Prix could very nearly have had much more serious consequences.

As the video below shows Kubica’s car ran wide on the fast, curved approach to the Virage du Casino hairpin. As the BMW ran onto the grass the front of the car raised into the air.It clipped one exposed concrete barrier before hitting a second head-on.

Both these barriers were fairly low compared to the tall fences that separate spectators from the track. The consequences had the BMW cleared the barrier and hit traffic coming in the opposite direction don’t bear thinking about.

Fortunately it seems the car’s impact structure behaved exactly as it was designed to. Although the car suffered extensive damaged in the impacts and when it rolled over, these served to dissipate the force of the crash and lessen the impacts on Kubica.

Comparing Kubica’s crash with Michael Schumacher’s accident at Silverstone in 1999, in which the Ferrari driver broke his leg, and it’s plain to see that car impact resistance is continuing to progress. Kubica suffered no worse than a sprained ankle.

But the crash asks more questions of circuit safety. Was the grass area Kubica hit too bumpy? Should it have been another type of surface – gravel or concrete? Are the retaining walls inside the circuit too low?

Nobody wants to see circuits emasculated and made unchallenging. There was some criticism made of the Melbourne organisers earlier this year for choosing to eradicate a bump on the exit of the final corner that Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya had fallen foul of in 2006.

But just where do you draw the line?

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8 comments on “Kubica escapes injury in violent crash”

  1. it was pretty scary sight, but accidenst like this can happen even on safest new circuits. all that is needed is to clip a wheel of a car on a high seed straigh where for example in Shnaghai you have only low divider separating the opisite sides of traffic …. this is a bad luck accident that will happen again whatever is done. it is a reminder that however safe the cars and tracks are, serious accidents can still happen. it is motosport and it is dangerous

  2. Nathan Jones
    11th June 2007, 3:18

    expect there to be a concrete there next year

  3. Check out this pic gallery of the Kubica crash. It’s a miracle he survived.

  4. Nikos Darzentas
    11th June 2007, 10:37

    I think he first hit an RBR (Speed’s?) that was parked there, and not a concrete wall… I was scared sh*tless, but fortunately he’s all right. And let’s see what Vettel can do…

  5. Nikos Darzentas
    11th June 2007, 10:42

    oh man, you can see his feet… terrible

  6. Well Done Alex…

    I know everyone will be going on about Lewis Hamilton and his first GP victory, but I think some congratulations should also go to the Williams team and Alex Wurz on achieving 3rd place on the podium. This was the team’s first podium finish in tw…

  7. Just read that Kubica hopes to race at Indy next week. He described himself as “very lucky”. It all depends on his mandatory medical on Thursday

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