Most racing drivers cross the finish line to take the chequered flag with all four wheels (or two, if they’re racing motorbikes) on their wagon.
But, that was clearly too mainstream for Renault e.dams super-sub Pierre Gasly at the last Formula E race in New York last weekend – after he crashed exiting the final turn.
Gasly was replacing WEC-bound championship leader Sebastien Buemi and had a tough Saturday qualifying, but kept out of trouble to finish seventh in the first race.
Crazy finish as @PierreGASLY catches the Mahindra team-mates at the flag (and the wall) #NYCePrix pic.twitter.com/mIfIrKAhhg
— FIA Formula E (@FIAformulaE) July 16, 2017
In the second, he qualified fourth and was up there with the top drivers for most of the race, even closing on the second and third-placed Mahindra drivers in the final laps.
He had one chance for a podium and it was at the last corner. Gasly dived to the left of Nick Heidfeld for P3 and attempted to hang on around the outside.
However, he ended up running wide and smashing into the barrier, which destroyed the right-front corner of the car. Not the ideal way to finish…
But he still got there in the end for P4, even if it was while veering across the circuit and hitting the wall on the other side.