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Trulli unhurt after high-speed crash 11 Jul 2004

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault R24 suffers a heavy accident which brings out the safety car.
Formula One World Championship, British Grand Prix, Rd 11, Race Day, Silverstone, England, 11 July 2004

Renault’s Jarno Trulli walked away unscathed after crashing out of the British Grand Prix at an estimated 275 kph (170 mph), following a suspected rear-suspension failure.

Trulli speared off the circuit on lap 40 on the exit to Bridge corner, while running in eighth place. He went backwards into the tyres, the impact flipping his car over before coming to rest the right way up in the gravel trap at the following corner.

Despite the severity of the impact, which ripped most of the ancillary components from the moncoque, Trulli was immediately out of the cockpit and the safety car was deployed to allow marshals to clear the debris.

"First of all, I want to let everybody know that I am OK,” said Trulli afterwards. “It was a big accident but I gave the marshals the thumbs up straight away. Everything happened very quickly, but I think it was a rear suspension failure. However, we will only be able to confirm that when we get back to the factory.”

It was not a good day all round for the French squad, who failed to score, with Trulli’s team mate Fernando Alonso finishing outside the points in tenth place.