Today’s Canadian Grand Prix came to a dramatic end when Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa crashed on the last lap of the race.
After a five way fight for the lead in the dying stages of the race, Daniel Ricciardo emerged victorious after passing Perez and then race leader Nico Rosberg – who suffered an ERS failure – to claim his maiden grand prix victory.
Perez and Massa were fighting for position with two laps to go, and came together before crashing heavily into the wall at turn one. Massa’s car missed Sebastian Vettel – who was also in the fight for a podium place – by the smallest of margins.
Both drivers walked away from the incident, but the team has confirmed that Massa has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks, from where he has even posted a selfie on Instagram.
Perez has been handed a five place grid penalty for the next race in Austria for causing the crash. The stewards deemed him to have moved off line and left Massa with nowhere to go.
Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is set to unveil a new logo for the series on Sunday following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
F1 has used its current logo – a black F with a white 1 that is often missed due to the red swoosh on the right-hand side – since 1993, as introduced by former ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone’s tenure as CEO of F1 came to an end in January when Liberty completed its $8 billion takeover of the series, with American executive Chase Carey being installed as the new CEO and chairman.
Liberty has made a number of changes to F1 since taking over, including a relaxing of social media guidelines for teams in the paddock and a push into new realms such as eSports, and the logo is due to be the next switch.
F1 lodged three possible new logos with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office last week, with the selected design set to be unveiled on Sunday. It is unclear if it will be any of the three below.
The change in logo marks the end for yet another era in F1 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with a number of important periods also coming to a close at the checkered flag.