Brazilian GP: Did McLaren’s Vandoorne hit a bird during final practice?

first_imgBrazilian Grand Prix final practice saw an interaction between McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and a bird that found its way on the track on Saturday in Sao Paulo.Vandoorne, who finished on the 20th spot in the final practice of the Grand Prix, thought that he had hit a bird while driving but was told by his team that his car and the bird were both safe.Here’s how the conversation between Vandoorne and his team went on the radio.Vandoorne: “I’m not sure if I hit a bird, into turn 11″McLaren: “Ok copy, we’re checking”McLaren: “Check, we think we missed. We think we missed the bird. Should be OK, no concern”@McLarenF1: “We think we missed the bird”#BrazilGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/ycUTEBU1miFormula 1 (@F1) November 10, 2018This is not the first interaction between an animal and a Formula One car this season. During the Canadian Grand Prix, Haas driver Romain Grosjean hit a groundhog.While McLaren was convinced that no harm came to the car and the bird, fans are debating on social media, whether Vandoorne really missed the bird.In replays of the video, it looks like Vandoorne did actually hit the bird when he was making the turn and fans are now divided.Errm… pic.twitter.com/x4ye8gJfCNFadhili Kanini (@FQanini) November 10, 2018Vandoorne will start from the 20th position at the Brazilian GP after finishing at the spot in the qualifying, where Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton grabbed the pole position.Hamilton grabbed a record-extending 82nd pole of his career and got Mercedes their 100th pole position while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished second, after being fined and reprimanded for a weighbridge incident in a rain-affected session at Interlagos.advertisementHamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, who was on pole in Brazil last year, qualified third with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth on an all-Finnish second row.Hamilton has already won the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship while Mercedes will seal the constructors’ title on Sunday unless Ferrari outscore them by 13 points.last_img