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Published on Jan 2, 2009
During Thursday's qualifying session, Mark Webber's #4 Mercedes-Benz CLR went off in a big way and flipped at high speed at the fast approach towards Indianapolis and the driver was taken away by ambulance. But later on he was fine to carry on with his weekend at Le Mans.
Well the good news is that the #4 Mercedes has been rebuilt over night, so has Mark Webber and they were reunited in time for the morning warm up.
Now the bad news...the #4 Mercedes is back on its roof ! Yes,it is true believe it or not.It looks as if precisely the same thing happened as last time, same car. same driver, and much the same circumstances. Mark Webber must have wished he stayed in bed this morning or maybe let Jean-Mar Gounon or Marcel Tiemann take the car out. Mercedes will have a spot of bother convincing us media lot that the car didnt wind up on its roof this time! This was on Webbers out lap. We wonder what the team are thinking at the moment but both other cars are still out there and the other team drivers must be just a mite apprehensive dont you think ?
Not wishing to be too tabloid about this bit of local difficulty but Mercedes did have another spot of bother here in 1955. So is it just the #4 car that is spooked or quite incredibly unlucky?
Eventually at 11.30am on race-day, Mark Webber went home - he's had enough. Webber went airborne again with the car this time flipping end over end after cresting the Mulsanne 'bosse' (again the wake of other cars), landed on its roof, and slid all the way to the Mulsanne corner escape road. Again the 21-year old driver escaped with bruising from his harness.