Michael Schumacher unhurt in big crash at Barcelona

World champion Michael Schumacher has walked away from a big accident during testing at Barcelona today (Wednesday). The German brought out the red flags after going backwards into the barriers at the 140mph Turn 11. The Ferrari ace, who was...

World champion Michael Schumacher has walked away from a big accident during testing at Barcelona today (Wednesday).

The German brought out the red flags after going backwards into the barriers at the 140mph Turn 11.

The Ferrari ace, who was second fastest at the time, was unhurt in the impact but the rear of the car was destroyed. The rear wing and both wheels were torn from the chassis, although it is not yet clear whether mechanical failure or driver error was to blame.

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello heads the morning times, recording a best lap of 1m18.112s, which was almost half a second up on Schumacher. Once again the Bridgestone tyres performed well in the cooler morning conditions and this was illustrated by Nick Heidfeld and Olivier Panis popping up in third and fourth positions respectively.

Ralf Schumacher was the quickest of the Michelin runners in fifth. Using the 2001 Williams he out-paced team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya in the FW24 by almost a second. Marcel Lasee did an impressive job for Jordan and was eighth fastest in the Jordan EJ11.

Testing continues this afternoon.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Jordan