BMW engines fall off truck at Suzuka

A transport container carrying eight BMW Formula One engines has been dropped at the Suzuka circuit. Auto Motor und Sport magazine reports that the engines were to be used in Friday practice by Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, as well as ...

A transport container carrying eight BMW Formula One engines has been dropped at the Suzuka circuit.

Auto Motor und Sport magazine reports that the engines were to be used in Friday practice by Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, as well as being potential replacement units in the event of engine failures.

It is reported that the engines to be used in the race by the BMW-Sauber drivers were not in the affected container.

On the way into the paddock at the Japanese GP venue, the container reportedly fell off a truck after it grazed a bridge.

"It was the worst damage (to F1 equipment) that we've ever seen," team boss Mario Theissen is quoted as saying.

Inside the container, the crates which enclosed the engines were destroyed, but the engines not obviously damaged.

"What I am most worried about are the valve trains," said admitted.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Robert Kubica , Mario Theissen
Teams Sauber