Plastic bag stops Sirotkin
The Formula 1 premiere of Sergey Sirotkin only lasted a few laps. The reason for this is apparently a flying plastic bag.
Sergey Sirotkin certainly imagined his debut in Formula 1 differently. The young Russian drove just five laps in Melbourne before he had to park his car due to problems with the brakes.
They were obviously triggered by a plastic bag lying on the track: “You can’t really believe what happened today. A large plastic bag flew into my right brake shaft”, said a visibly disappointed Sirotkin after the race.
William technology chief Paddy Lowe had already said that molten plastic residues had been found in the rookie’s car. Team mate Lance Stroll also reported seeing some bags in the first corner.
Sirotkin, who was preferred to Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Kubica at Williams, was relieved that nothing worse happened: “In lap three or four the tyres suddenly overheated massively. That completely destroyed the brakes. After that I didn’t have a brake pedal at all, it failed. Fortunately, there was no wall there, the car is still in one piece.”
In 2015 and 2016, the 22-year-old was third in the GP2 Series overall standings.