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2015-07-28 10:04

CAME THROUGH UNSCATHED: Force India driver Sergio Perez' car slid and rolled during practice for the 2015 Hungarian GP. The team has blamed the height of the kerbs. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

LONDON, England - Fingers were being pointed at the Hungaroring's kerbs after Force India suffered a second failure of the weekend with its new 'B'-spec car.

The Silverstone-based team was buoyed by the early promise of the heavily modified machine until Sergio Perez' spectacular slide and roll during Friday (July 24) practice for the 2015 Hungarian F1 GP.

HIT BARRIERS AT FULL SPEED

As a precaution, team mate Nico Hulkenberg then sat out the second session while what was believed to be a suspension problem was investigated.

Then, on Sunday (July 26) during the race, it was Hulkenberg's turn to have a terrifying crash when the front wing folded underneath his car, spearing him into the barrier at full speed.

Watch Sergio Perez crash in a practice session at the Hungarian GP:

Force India technical boss Andy Green told Germany's Auto Motor and Sport: "It was the same wing design as in Silverstone, the wing itself was brand-new."

"But if it was OK at Silverstone then it should also have been OK here."

The team tweeted after the Hungarian GP:

Green acknowledged there had been a structural failure but fingers were also being pointed at the Hungaroring's kerbs. Hulkenberg said: "They (the kerbs) are the most aggressive on the whole calendar."

Officially, Force India is still investigating, but it is true that Ferrari also had a front wing failure during practice.

The Inernational Automobile Federation's Charlie Whiting insisted: "The kerbs have not changed since 2014."

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