FIA Vice-President Crashes Renault R28 during Dubai Roadshow
During the event's very opening day, 4-time Middle East rally champion Mohammed bin Sulayem – also the United Arab Emirates' automobile club President and FIA Vice President for sport – had a chance to drive the Renault R28 on the Dubai Autodrome. The circuit is currently hosting FIA sanctioned races in the GP2 Asia Series.
Although he had tested the R28 prior to the Dubai event – on a closed road – the drive on the circuit proved too much for Bin Sulayem, as he lost control of the F1 car and eventually crashed it into the concrete barriers alongside the Dubai Autodrome's main straight.
Fortunately for the FIA official, he didn't suffer any injuries during the incident. He was, however, taken to the hospital for further checks.
“Fortunately he was uninjured and the car will be taken back to be repaired,” said a Renault spokesman shortly after the Dubai incident.
The Renault roadshow in Dubai benefits from the presence of race driver Nelsinho Piquet, reserve driver Romain Grosjean and test driver Adam Khan. The three drivers are to put on a good show for the Formula 1 fans in Dubai through the upcoming days, as they are scheduled to complete several demonstrations on board of the Renault R28 car on the Dubai Mall lagoon platform.
Here's how the crash happened: