F1 drivers who crashed their cars in real life including Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris

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Formula 1 drivers are widely regarded as the best in the industry. But even Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris can find themselves in trouble behind the wheel when driving at a lower gear like the rest of us.

F1 drivers can often reach speeds in excess of 200mph when racing on a Sunday afternoon, so it’s no surprise that some of the 20 racers take things a bit too far when they return to normal roads .

But as some drivers past and present have discovered, accidents can sometimes happen to even the best drivers.

And with the mega-rich racers driving some of the best cars money can buy, any shunt in the wall around the glitzy streets of Monaco is unlikely to be covered by their team – unlike if they crashed. during a race.

Naturally, when a driver in his class has a car accident on the road, it makes headlines and, in some cases, causes embarrassment.

Right here, Star Daily Sport picks out five notable smashes involving F1 drivers – and what happened next.

Lewis Hamilton



Lewis Hamilton crashed his £1.5m Pagani Zonda on the streets of Monaco

In 2015, when Hamilton and Mercedes had an easier path to the title, the Briton took advantage of his world star status by partying during his downtime away from the track.

But that all became a bit too much for the 30-year-old after he totaled up his rare £1.5m Pagani Zonda, capable of speeds of around 207mph, colliding with three parked cars, in the streets of Monaco.

Some might joke Hamilton could drive around Monte Carlo with his eyes closed considering how many times he’s raced there and the fact that it’s his adopted home.

But the seven-time champion was forced to admit his antics after celebrating his third title win had affected his condition while behind the wheel.

“It was the result of a big party and little rest for a week and a half,” he said of the accident.

“I’m a bit exhausted. I was non-stop and tried to train at the same time and didn’t get much sleep.

Needless to say, he has been more cautious since his accident and tends to have his personal trainer Angela Cullen drive him when on racing duty with Mercedes.

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Lando Norris



Lando Norris beached his McLaren 720S with Johnny Herbert in the car
Lando Norris beached his McLaren 720S with Johnny Herbert in the car

Norris was once hampered after getting behind the wheel of one of his team’s best road cars, the McLaren 720S, before stranding the supercar in the gravel.

It was 2019 when Norris was in the middle of his rookie season and the 19-year-old was on a cruise tour with former runner and Sky Sports pundit Johnny Herbert.

The British-Belgian teenager lost the rear end of the £210,000 engine and spun backwards into the gravel at Becketts Corner, finding himself in one of the most unforgiving gravel traps on the calendar.

Norris may now have three F1 seasons under his belt, but the 19-year-old was still one of the lowest paid drivers in the sport at the time.

And after being blushed by his off-road trip, he had to foot the repair bill, leaving him to regret his costly mistake.

Adrien Sutil



Adrian Sutil wrecked his ultra-rare £1.2million McLaren Senna, 24 of which were only made
Adrian Sutil wrecked his ultra-rare £1.2million McLaren Senna, 24 of which were only made

The German was lucky to escape leaving his McLaren Senna in a pile of metal after crashing in Monaco in 2020.

Sutil, who raced with Force India, Sauber and Williams before quitting the sport seven years ago, was pictured emerging unscathed from the wreckage after his ultra-rare £1.2million supercar was destroyed.

The Senna model was heavily damaged, with its front bumper, front panels and bonnet detached from its frame, and the windscreen was also shattered.

Thankfully Sutil emerged from the wreckage unscathed, but it left the 39-year-old facing a hefty bill to repair his limited-edition car, of which only 24 were made and six in the classic papaya orange colourway. team.

Mr Frank Williams



Sir Frank Williams was involved in an accident with the Ford Sierra in 1986
Sir Frank Williams was involved in an accident with the Ford Sierra in 1986

He was known as one of F1’s greatest powerhouses, but life changed forever for millionaire owner Sir Frank Williams when he suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash in 1986.

He was driving with team sponsorship manager Peter Windsor in a hired Ford Sierra 1600 family saloon from Circuit Paul Ricard at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport when the incident occurred.

The accident left him quadriplegic, confining him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Still, that didn’t stop Sir Frank from being involved in F1 and he continued in that role until 2012 when he left the Williams board.

His daughter, Claire, was then appointed assistant team manager before the team was acquired by Dorilton in 2021.

The late F1 great died at home in November last year aged 79, with tributes pouring in from across motorsport to honor the legendary boss.

Gianclaudio “Clay” Regazzoni



Clay Regazzoni was killed in a road accident in Italy in 2006
Clay Regazzoni was killed in a road accident in Italy in 2006

The Swiss driver wrote his name in the history books for winning Williams’ first-ever race victory. But tragically, like his team leader, Sir Frank, he was left paralyzed from the waist down after an accident in 1980.

The five-time Grand Prix winner, who twice won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza while driving for Ferrari, crashed during the United States Grand Prix at 174mph when his pedal brake broke down and was disabled by the accident.

He continued to drive cars despite spending the rest of his years in a wheelchair, but was tragically killed in a traffic accident in 2006.

Regazzoni reportedly collided head-on with a truck on a main road near Parma while driving a Chrysler Voyager, ending his life at the age of 67.

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