Conor Daly emerged unscathed from the first practice accident of the month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The IMS rookie, driver of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda for A.J. Foyt Racing, wiggled exiting Turn 1 and hit the SAFER Barrier with the right side of his car. The car tipped onto its side and slid sideways down short chute between Turns 1 and 2, eventually stopped on the entrance to Turn 2.
Daly was checked, released and cleared to drive by the IndyCar medical staff. But he was despondent with himself after the accident.
“We had just made a change on the springs in the rear. For me, I felt comfortable the whole time. It’s all been reasonably good. I was just trying to experience a little bit more with the car, and there was a car in front and me,” he said. “The wind, it feels like it’s been gusting more, and the rear was leaning hard on the outside tire, and it just kind of folded over on itself. I just lost it. Just not good.”
Daly, from Noblesville, Ind., is one of four rookies in this year’s Indianapolis 500 field. The others are AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier.
A video link of the accident from WTHR 13 in Indianapolis can be found here.
On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.
And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.
Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.
The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.
“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.
“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.
“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”
A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.