Perez and Ericsson crash hard in Hungary (VIDEOS)

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As Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton all produced sensational drives during the Hungarian Grand Prix today, Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson both saw their races end in the wall at the Hungaroring.

A brief but heavy rain shower in the lead-up to the start meant that the race had to be started on intermediate tires, and some were a little too hasty to make the switch to the dry compounds.

Marcus Ericsson saw his race come to an end after spinning off at turn four. The Caterham driver hit the wall at a force of 20G, and was taken to the medical centre for a check-up before being cleared of any injury.

Perez survived a run-in with Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg before crashing on the start-finish straight a few laps later. The Mexican driver ran wide at the final corner, causing him to spin on the grass and slam into the pit wall with some force. Once again though, he walked away unharmed.

Hulkenberg’s race also came to an early end as a result of the incident with Perez. The retirement ended his streak of top ten finishes, and means that Fernando Alonso is now the only driver to have scored points in every single race this season.

Six drivers failed to finish the race in total: Ericsson, Perez, Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez and Kamui Kobayashi.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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