Ahead of the start of the Austrian GP main race at Spielberg, three stuntmen in jetpacks were lapping the Red Bull Ring, metres away from the tarmac. They were performing stunts in the air to entertain the large audience, who were watching them from the grandstands.
But, in an unfortunate turn of events, one of those stuntmen, who had a chequered flag in his hand, while heading around turn 10 of the track at Spielberg, was involved in a nasty crash from the sky.
Seconds before the accident, he was cruising unperturbed until his jet-pack suddenly malfunctioned, which led him to spin in the air before tumbling on track knees first to a gasping reaction from the F1 fans. As luck would have it, the stuntman rolled and skidded to a stop. Seconds later, he managed to pick himself up and limped away from the track, while saluting the crowd at Red Bull Ring.
Watch the video of the stuntman falling from the sky here:
Just as the stuntman took an ill-fated fall, the cameras panned to the McLaren team garage where Oscar Piastri, the Australian motorsport driver, had a priceless reaction, which went viral on social media immediately afterwards. The social media team of F1 shared the entire video on their Twitter account, in which they stated that the 22-year-old driver had “The Office” - one of the most iconic TV comedy series - camera look at the nasty crash of the stuntman.
Notably, at the Red Bull Ring, Oscar Piastri had a tough race, where he finished in 16th place. He had actually taken the chequered flag at 17th position in Austria, but the penalties imposed on other drivers for infringements in and around him meant that he gained a place in the final race standings.