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Pascal Wehrlein scared by 'strange' spin

Andre/Sutton

Pascal Wehrlein said his spin during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix was "something really strange".

Wehrlein lost the rear of his Manor on a wet patch as he crossed a bump under one of Shanghai's bridges across the put straight. The car spun off the track and into the wall on the pit straight, with the accident causing a red flag and leaving Wehrlein without a time.

Asked if he was scared when he lost control at speed, Wehrlein said: "Definitely. You are going quite fast on this part. I am disappointed and unhappy but if you lose the car in the corner it is your mistake, but if you lose it on the straight [it is] something really strange.

"Afterwards, of course, you think you could have done something different or with different decisions you could have avoided it. But I don't think about that because the result is the same."

Wehrlein was the first driver to attempt a lap on super-softs, but said it was not worth blaming the decision.

"If it starts to rain after a few minutes then it was the right decision. At the end you could see that it wasn't and it was too wet on this part. You could blame many people, you can blame myself, you can blame us because we took the wrong decision, you can blame the FIA because maybe it was not safe to be allowed to go out on slick tyres over this bump when the track is wet. You can blame many things but the result is the same."