It is not often you see a driver crash out of a race under safety car conditions, but that is exactly how a slightly embarrassed Romain Grosjean bowed out of the hectic Azerbaijan GP.
Grosjean suffered the bizarre elimination while attempting to keep his tyres warm during the latter stages of the race, losing the rear of his car and finding himself in the barriers.
Until that incident, the Frenchman was running in P6 for Banbury-based Haas – an impressive showing given he started the chaotic race at the very back of the grid.
The mistake has been put down to accidental ‘switch bump’.
Grosjean said: “This hurts a lot and I want to apologise to the team.
“We were in the middle of an amazing race, starting last and running P6.
“Seeing [Sergio] Perez on the podium, knowing I was fighting with him, is very painful for all of us.”
He added: “I was warming up my tyres and bumped into a switch that I’d moved by two positions.
“When I touched the brakes, the brake balance was locked rearward – it just locked the rear wheels and I spun.”
Team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished 13th.
Carlos Sainz finished fifth for Enstone-based Renault, but Nico Hulkenberg was unable to make it four points-scoring finishes in a row after crashing into the wall on lap 12.