Formula One

Magnussen, Ocon and Lawson suffer Dutch GP FP3 crashes, Zhou spins out

Magnussen's was the first of three Dutch GP FP3 crashes
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Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Ocon and Liam Lawson all crashed on a wet surface in the third and final practice session ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, while Zhou Guanyu also spun and got stuck in the gravel.

Dutch GP FP3 crashes: Magnussen’s accident

The Danish driver the first driver to crash, very early on in the session. He was just coming out of the pitlane on that particular lap, so he was caught off guard when his Haas spun on the exit of the third corner at Zandvoort. He had no chance to avoid the crash and impacted the barriers, breaking the front left suspension of his car.

Thankfully for him and his team, the damage does not look that bad and it looks like it will be repaired in time for the qualifying session later on today.

This is the second accident of the weekend for Haas, as Nico Hulkenberg had very light contact with the barriers yesterday, at the penultimate corner.

Dutch GP FP3 crashes: Lawson’s contact

It was also the third crash of the weekend in the third corner of the circuit, as yesterday Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo crashed within a few seconds of each other during the second free practice session. That accident was the cause of an injury for the Alpha Tauri driver, who broke his metacarpal.

He will be replaced by Liam Lawson, who brought out the third red flag of the session when he spun at the penultimate corner. Just a bit of front wing damage for the Kiwi though, who was soon able to get going and resume his session. No harm done, as his preparation for his F1 debut continue.

The second red flag of the session came courtesy of Zhou Guanyu, at the same spot, as he spun halfway through the session and got stuck in the gravel trap at the exit. He could not get out of it and, thus, his session was over with half an hour remaining.

The other accident of the session was for Esteban Ocon, who went straight on at the first corner. He locked up his front wheels and was unable to regain control of his car. He touched the barriers with his front wing, but the damage was not severe for him either and he returned to his garage.

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