Sergio Perez walked away unhurt from a heavy accident in opening practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Perez suffered a suspected right-rear suspension failure coming out of Turn 11, spinning across the track before hitting the barriers on the right-hand side of the circuit.
Perez’s right-front wheel then became trapped underneath the car, pitching the Force India into a roll, where it came to rest upside down.
As the Mexican clambered free of his broken car the session was immediately red flagged, with a medical car sent to the scene.
After a brief precautionary check at the circuit’s medical centre Perez returned to the pits, giving a wave to the onlooking crowd.
“It was a really bad accident, really unlucky,” he told Sky Sports F1.
“I went in at the wrong angle, which made the car roll over, but everything’s all right.
“It was a bit of a strange accident, I thought I was under control but I guess the Astroturf was very dirty and that’s why I went into the wall, but we have to check everything in detail.”
Perez’s accident comes just a week after the death of Jules Bianchi, who passed away on Friday from injuries sustained in a crash at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton topped the interrupted opening session of the weekend at the Hungaroring, lapping a tenth clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
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