Baku - First practice for the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix was abandoned on Friday after a loose drain cover wrecked George Russell's Williams in a shower of debris.
The Briton was unhurt but the dislodged cover smashed the underside of the Briton’s car, bringing out the red flags to stop the session after just 12 of 90 scheduled minutes.
"I just hit it, the biggest shock went through my body. The whole engine just turned off, it's ruined the floor," said Russell.
"It was just on the normal racing line and has ruined my session."
In another bizarre twist, the mobile crane carrying the Williams back to the pits struck the underside of a sponsor hoarding spanning the Baku street circuit.