Drama struck Sunday’s DTM round at the Norisring in Germany when Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller were involved in a huge crash that saw the race be halted for half an hour.
At one of the fastest points on the circuit, Mercedes racer Paffett tangled with Jamie Green and career into the wall before being sent careering across the track towards the snake of cars negotiating a hairpin.
With both the front and rear end of his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM suffering damage in the initial hit with the barrier, Paffett shunted into Rockenfeller at high speed, leaving both cars out of the race.
DTM officials halted the race for half an hour so that repairs to the barrier could be completed, while both drivers were taken to hospital.
It was later confirmed by Mercedes after the race that Paffett had suffered no injuries, while Audi announced on Twitter that Rockenfeller had suffered a small fracture to a metatarsal bone in his left foot.
Belgian racer Maxime Martin won the crash-strewn race ahead of Lucas Auer, the latter moving to within two points of DTM championship leader Mattias Ekstrom.
McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.
McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.
The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.
“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.
“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.
“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.
“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.
“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”