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The Wheels Fall Off Sebastien Buemi’s Shanghai Qualifying

The first day of practice isn’t meant to be like this. It’s meant to be a gentle introduction to the circuit, getting the cars set up properly for Saturday’s onslaught. It is the time to make sure that everything is working properly and to make a bit of fine tuning of the set-up. For Sebastien Buemi, however, the day was far from normal. At 180 miles per hour on the main straight at Shanghai, the young Swiss driver had his front suspension fail explosively and went on a wild sleigh ride into the gravel trap. Toro Rosso were trialing a new suspension component in Shanghai—turns out that it may not have been a resounding success. When Buemi hit the brakes, the stress on the suspension resulted in the spectacular front ...

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