Crashes and smashes are all an integral part of F1 Racing. Opening lap collisions between cars are commonplace and only as far back as the Korean Grand Prix did we see Mark Webber’s race end in a fiery blaze.
The costs of such accidents quickly mount up and it was therefore unsurprising that Christian Horner was not happy with the length of time it took marshals to extinguish the blaze.
But one-off crashes and smashes usually require only a few parts to be fixed or replaced. The cost of the total package is an entirely different matter.
Of course, it’s all relative. Whilst the big manufacturer backed teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes have enormous budgets at their disposal and annual spends of well over £200 million, smaller privateer teams such as Williams and Force India only have around a quarter of the spending power.
Here is a rundown of the cost of the key components of today’s high-tech F1 machines researched from various sources.