Doohan couldn’t get buckle unfastened in fiery Monaco F2 crash

The Invicta Virtuosi driver contracted a damaged wing earlier than spinning out at Massenet whereas operating in fourth, hitting the wall earlier than his automotive burst into flames and prompted a pink flag.

Zane Maloney, who had been operating behind him for Rodin Carlin, had a near-miss however took evasive motion.


Talking after the race, the Alpine Academy member stated he initially thought he had gotten away along with his contact with the wall at Swimming Pool, therefore not pitting instantly after.

He informed “I simply made a mistake, clearly, to be sincere. I don’t actually bear in mind it 100% however I do know that I went into the wall right here, then exited the second a part of Swimming Pool and I felt that I simply did the entrance proper.

“I went to the previous few turns and went on the primary straight. I attempted to weave and I believed possibly I’d gotten away with it, and went by way of flip one and it was all regular, however clearly I hadn’t.

“And yeah, once I received to the highest of Massenet, as quickly as I had the automotive loaded, it simply fully went on me.”

Doohan, son of motorbike racing legend Mick Doohan, stated the actual fact the entire automotive caught fireplace was “very worrying” and initially thought it was simply the brakes which had caught fireplace.

He additionally stated he was “positively a bit groggy for some time” after the crash and was “very lucky” to flee in time, including: “Initially, I couldn’t get my buckle unfastened.

“Fortunately, to be sincere, I used to be most likely out of the automotive in 0.2 of a second, in a short time. However yeah, if I couldn’t have gotten out of the automotive, it may have been fairly scary.”

Doohan has had a tough F2 season up to now this yr, and presently sits thirteenth within the standings after 5 rounds with 28 factors. This time final yr, he was sixth, with 45 factors.

He was annoyed by crashing out because it was “the primary weekend the place we’ve had a aggressive automotive once more and doubtlessly may have been shaping as much as a pleasant race.”

The Australian stated: “Doubtlessly simply attempting to push too exhausting to catch for what I’ve sadly misplaced that’s been out of my management. And yeah, I’ve discovered that the exhausting approach.

“I want I didn’t need to as a result of I’m simply attempting to go for too many factors. However hey, that’s how it’s now so gonna make up for it now going ahead.”

He added: “It’s unlucky as a result of if I might have had a standard season, I might have been annoyed with the end result however I might have already had a superb base of factors behind me. In order that makes it a little bit bit extra irritating.

“Hopefully we will salvage what remains to be accessible [of the car]. After which I really feel for the boys as nicely, quite a lot of work to do in a brief turnover time. However so long as we will get all of it on observe for Barcelona, I do know we’ll be fast there.”