Manor Marussia driver Roberto Merhi and Formula Renault 3.5 rival Nicholas Latifi have both escaped unharmed following a massive crash at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Merhi, who shares his F1 duties with FR3.5, was taking part in round five of the lower formula championship when he was involved in a crash after crossing the finishing line to claim fourth.
The Spaniard had slowed immediately as he crossed the line, but unaware behind was Latifi who rear-ended Merhi’s Pons machine at full-speed, sending the Canadian into the air.
Both were unharmed, but the stewards felt Merhi was to blame for his dangerous manoeuvre and therefore disqualified him from the race result, whilst also banning him from taking place in the next race of the championship.
Speaking on Twitter, the F1 driver wrote: “Unfortunate accident. Glad nobody was hurt. I went to the right [be]cause [of a] suspension problem. Sanction inexplainable [sic].”