Many of you will have already seen the ridiculous start to the Le Mans Series race at Le Castellet. It’s not the first time things haven’t gone to plan in a motor race with the sport having its fair share of epic fails.
Below are ten of the best.
10. A bad place to park
When Mario Andretti pulled out from the slipstream of Teo Fabi, he was hoping to pull off another great overtaking move. The last thing he expected to see was a parked car right in his path.
9. Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre
Safety Cars are meant to make things safer, right? But it all went wrong in the World Touring Car Championship when the Safety Car pulled out of the pits at the worst possible moment.
8. Going nowhere
An embarrassing moment from Simtek’s Schiattarella now. Spinning off is bad enough but when you make a useless attempt at turning around things get even worse.
7. No brake testing
It’s always important to remember that an old Land Rover’s brakes aren’t quite as good as a Formula 3 cars. Unfortunately for Alex Wurz, he forgot this vital bit of information.
6. Don’t turn off the lights
1 light, 2 lights, 3 lights, 4 lights, 5 lights and… and… and. Hang on a minute?
5. Green doesn’t always mean Go
A mix up with the officials led to the green lights going on whilst the safety car was still out. The confused drivers were unsure whether to hit the gas or not and the safety car driver was lucky not to get a 200mph LMP1 car in the back of him.
4. Stop. Look. Listen.
Poor Taki Inoue. Often called the unluckiest guy in F1 and the only driver so far to be run over by the Safety Car.
3. Getting your moneys worth
Some say motor sport events are too expensive. So when you folk-out your hard earned cash on a race ticket, you want to get your moneys worth. One fan took this a bit too far though and decided sitting in the crowd wasn’t his thing, he got onto the track and managed to steel the pace car!
2. Yawn in the USA
We all know about this one right? Just six cars started the 2005 US Grand Prix after a forfeit from the Michelin teams after problems with the tyres. Unsurprisingly, the fans were not impressed one bit.
1. It’s not over till the fat lady sings
The Monaco Grand Prix is the one every driver wants to win, no matter what series you’re racing in. Bjorn Wirdheim saw the chequered flag in the F3000 race and slowed down next to the pit wall to celebrate with his team. However he slowed down too much and in turn pulled off the biggest epic fail in motorsport history.