Berthon uninjured after huge Barcelona crash
10 October 2011 – Nathanaël Berthon has escaped without significant injuries from his large accident at the start of the season-ending Formula Renault 3.5 race in Barcelona on Sunday.
After Carlin title rivals Jean-Éric Vergne and eventual Champion Robert Wickens touched at Turns 1 and 2, the latter’s left-front steering was broken, meaning he went straight on at the third corner when unable to turn to the right. ISR driver Berthon was collected while dodging to the outside, flipping over and landing in the gravel trap upside down; the 22-year-old was checked over immediately afterwards.
“All of a sudden, at the apex of Turn 1 I got a big whack in the sidepod,” Champion Wickens explained to GPUpdate.net. “In my view I wasn't given much space and was past the point of no return. We (Wickens and Vergne) made contact and it broke my suspension; from there I just couldn’t steer and I feel terrible for Berthon because there was nothing he could have done and I just was trying to turn. I hope he is alright; I know he was taken away in the ambulance but I’m sure it’s just for precautionary checks.”
Having been transported from the circuit to hospital, Berthon reported back to be ‘okay’ and had thankfully suffered no more than a scratched hand.
The start of the race and accident can be viewed at GPUpdate TV