Spectator left bloodied after being hit by flying debris during Australian Grand Prix
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The Australian Grand Prix almost ended in disaster after a spectator was struck by a flying piece of car debris in a scary moment.
The Aussie F1 fan was left bloodied after a nearly metre-long piece of metal came off the course at Albert Park and hit his arm.
The fan, who was later revealed to be a man named Will Street, was a casualty at Turn 2 after Kevin Magnussen’s Haas crashed at the corner.
Two Alpines then crashed into each other in the closing stages of the race.
Street appeared on Sunrise to talk about the ordeal and revealed that things could’ve been a lot worse.
He said: “It’s a great question, I’m not sure. I think Kevin Magnussen came around Turn 2, I followed him with my eyes. But straight ahead of me apparently a piece of debris had flown over the fence.
“Lots of people around me moved, and it managed to hit me right in the arm – I had my arm up, I had a radio piece in my ear. I’m not sure what happened really!”
However, despite the already terrifying situation, Street revealed that it almost ended in an even more serious disaster.
He continued: “Honestly I’m feeling pretty lucky. It ended up being not as serious as it could have been.
“The piece of debris was quite large. Standing right next to me was my fiancee and she’s a bit shorter than me.
“So where it hit me in the arm it probably would have hit her right in the head. Honestly, I’m feeling pretty lucky it wasn’t worse.”
Unfortunately for the racing fan, he wasn’t able to keep the piece of metal as a souvenir.
An F1 fan who was hit by flying debris during the Australian Grand Prix has told Sunrise that his fiancée narrowly avoided being struck in the head by the large piece of metal. #sunriseon7 pic.twitter.com/AHlMmir733— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) April 2, 2023
He joked: “After it hit me I was obviously a bit confused and bleeding all over my partner’s nice rug. So I was busy dealing with that.”
Funnily enough, Street didn’t seem too fazed with moving from his spot on the track despite the incident.
He said: “It was quite funny because after the accident with Kevin Magnussen, my partner said: ‘Oh I don’t know if I feel safe standing here.’
“And we convinced her to stay in the spot because it was great. And a couple of laps afterwards two Alpines managed to crash right in front of us again. I kind of lost the argument!”
He noted that the race organisers hadn’t yet been in contact with him.