Salo deliberately crashed in Monaco

Salo deliberately crashed in Monaco

Mika Salo deliberately put his Toyota into the barriers in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix in order to avoid an even bigger and possibly more dangerous crash. The Finn had an earlier problem when one of his tyres delaminated, causing an unscheduled pit...

Mika Salo deliberately put his Toyota into the barriers in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix in order to avoid an even bigger and possibly more dangerous crash. The Finn had an earlier problem when one of his tyres delaminated, causing an unscheduled pit stop.

Mika Salo.
Photo by Toyota Racing.
"I felt a very strong vibration and I think a whole section of the tyre came away," he said. "At first I thought about trying to continue through to my fuel stop, but in the high speed parts of the circuit it was just too dangerous."

Later in the race, brake pedal problems at Massenet made Salo think fast, realising he could have a big problem on his hands, and he tried to reduce speed by scraping along the barrier.

"The brake pedal suddenly went soft and I thought I was going to have a very big shunt," he explained. "So I actually tried to scrub some speed off against the inside barrier. I could see the Vodafone banner, which was still damaged from when Eddie Irvine hit it on Thursday."

"I thought I was going to crash in exactly the same place, very hard, but then the impact with the inside wall was hard enough to actually spin me around. It's frustrating not to finish the race but the positive thing is that none of the Toyota parts failed!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Mika Salo
Teams Toyota Racing