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Juncadella: FP1 crash my 'weirdest ever'

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Force India reserve driver Dani Juncadella does not fully understand his crash during FP1 in Brazil because he thinks he was taking the normal line.

Juncadella took Sergio Perez's car for the morning session, something often done to give reserve drivers some experience behind the wheel of an F1 car. During Juncadella's 16 laps he narrowly avoided hitting the tyre barrier with an earlier off, before eventually losing the rear and driving straight on at Curva do Laranjihna.

When asked what happened, Juncadella said: "It's really a shame when you end the session like this, especially on a race weekend because the main thing is that Checo has his car ready and that's not what you want. But I think it was the weirdest crash I've ever had because I really didn't expect it. It was really unexpected because the track today was not difficult but I would say weird to manage.

"With the new asphalt there was only one line. Going through the ideal line where the grip was and it was getting better every lap but on that lap I just went a bit wider on the kerb. I thought I could use it, I was watching the videos from past years and drivers were going there and there was no problem, but obviously today nobody went there. I was the first to try it and was way too optimistic and from there you have the wall in front, if you have a moment and don't catch it you just go straight. From that point I saw that I was going straight in the wall. It's a shame."

Juncadella says he did everything he could to minimise the damage in the hope the crash does not jeopardise Perez's chance of completing qualifying and race runs in FP2.

"Obviously the team is trying to work really, really hard to get the car ready for Checo because that's the main thing. As soon as I felt I was going to crash I tried to crash as straight as possible. Like this you can only damage the front wing, obviously at one point I thought I would lose it completely and would crash with the rear and then pretty much the day is over."

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