North of the border in Trois-Rivieres this weekend, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race ended early after a scary accident involving driver Xavier Coupal on Lap 51.
Coupal contacted another car driven by Marc-Antoine Camirand, and was sent into a series of barrel rolls at the street circuit. A video of the accident is linked here, via RDS in Canada.
Here’s two screen caps of the accident.
Per NASCAR, Coupal was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Here are local tweets from those on site:
As the race ended early due to the accident, local driver Louis-Philippe Dumoulin of Trois-Rivieres took the victory, his second of the season. He’d passed Kerry Micks earlier in the race and held off ex-Champ Car driver and two-time series champion Andrew Ranger for the win.
Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.
Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.
Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.
“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.
“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”
Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.
“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.
“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”