July 25, 2019 / 6:14 PM / 2 months ago

Motor racing: And the start lights go out...hit by a bus

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - A bus preparing to take ticket holders on a lap of the Hockenheim Formula One circuit took out the German Grand Prix start lights on Thursday after the driver misjudged his clearance.

Organisers said nobody was hurt in the incident, with passengers yet to board the bus, and the overhead lights were quickly replaced.

It was the second time this season that a vehicle has hit a structure spanning a Formula One track.

In Azerbaijan in April, a recovery truck hit a bridge with its crane while taking George Russell’s Williams back to the pits in practice.

Sunday’s grand prix is a home race for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and for champions Mercedes, who have won nine of 10 rounds so far this season.

Reporting by Abhishek Takle, writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis

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