Merc has to inspect 1,200 parts after Spanish turn 3 crash

When both of your cars take each other out in a Spanish Grand Prix, you have a lot of work to do determining which, if any, parts on both cars might be damaged prior to heading for Monaco in a week’s time. That’s the job Mercedes COO Rob Thomas had before him this week and that’s on top of testing in Spain.

“Fortunately these sorts of incidents are very, very rare for us, but when they do happen we have quite a good process in place to deal with it,” said Thomas.

“When the cars were back at the garage in the circuit a lot of analysis was going on, a lot of phone calls, and what we got from the circuit was a quarantine list.

“Our first priority is to make sure the car is going to be safe. This quarantine list lists all the parts that, if you like, are suspect.

“On the list this time there were over 1,000 parts – 1,200 parts – that came back to us, either damaged, quarantined or needing some sort of work.

“A lot of the assemblies, for wings for example, will go to the testing department and they will be tested as a full assembly to see if they still have structural integrity.

“Lots of other parts then go into non-destructive testing, so they will be checked to see if there are any cracks within the components, or they will go to inspection where we will dimensionally check it.”

That’s 1,200 parts but who’s keeping score right? Nothing like adding a little weight to the storyline of the Spanish turn 3 crash saga. Look what you made us do!

You have to feel for them though, it’s a compressed week with testing and now the team have to turn right around and head for Monaco as the Friday Free Practice session actually happen a day early on Thursday and the team have to sort out which parts can be used with confidence after both cars were damaged.

Maybe they should institute a per part penalty fee for the two if they have any future altercations…say, $100k per part inspected? That would buy a few beers and sandwiches for the team wouldn’t it?