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A Drain Cover Will Annihilate The Front Of A Formula One Car

Jenson Button had a lucky moment in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, as a drain cover was sucked up off the road off Nico Rosberg’s car and whacked into the front of Button’s car. Fortunately, the heavy metal piece struck Button’s tire and not the middle of the front of the car, but it wrecked Rosberg’s wing.

Normally, these drain covers are welded shut for street courses, but this one somehow wasn’t secured. Either way, Button told ESPN that he was grateful the manhole cover didn’t cause more damage, either by flipping up towards the cockpit or striking the front of the car head-on:

We were lucky in the way it damaged the car, it stayed quite low on the ground, which is good — that’s all I’ve got to say about it.

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Qualifying just wrapped up for the Monaco Grand Prix, which is set to take place on Sunday. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is on pole for the first time ever. Not a Mercedes on pole! I repeat: not a Mercedes on pole!

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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F1guy
F1guy hates duck billed F1 cars

Kind of a “duh” moment for the organizers. This race has been held here almost continuously for over 80 years, ALONG AN ESENTIALLY UNCHANGED track. The fact that this was even an issue boggles me.

You’d think they’d have generations of Monganesque families who only tended to one drain cover.

“My grandfather first tended to the drain cover way back at the first race in 1929. Even got William Grover-Williams to sign it. Now it’s my job to make sure that same drain cover stays down.” *sees report that Button hit the cover* “Grandfather! I have failed you!”