DAMS’ Roy Nissany will miss Formula 2 qualifying in Baku as the consequence of the damage he picked up in a high-speed free practice crash.
Nissany went straight into the outside wall at Turn 13 late in practice, with his car failing to turn in at the corner and sending him nose first into the barriers which damaged the steering on the right-hand side.
That then pitched his Dallara F2 2018 back across the track and into the opposite walls which left the front-right wheel hanging on its tethers and him spinning into the outside wall at Turn 14. Nissany emerged unscatched from the crash.
“Unfortunately after his crash in free practice, the damage to Roy Nissany’s car is too severe to be fixed in time for qualifying,” DAMS announced on Twitter.
The team also confirmed that Nissany was uninjured after exiting his car, with the crashing have led to free practice being shortened.
It means that, pending any penalties, Nissany will start from last place for the first sprint race on Saturday and Sunday’s feature race. However the damage to the car could lead to repairs that require a pitlane start for the first of those races.
Trident’s Marino Sato also crashed in free practice and damaged the front-right of his car, but he was able to keep on going and return to the pits. Stewards didn’t look kindly on this though, issuing him a three-place grid penalty for sprint race one.
Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm local time on Friday.