Drivers lose their front wings all the time, and it’s not seen to be a particularly big deal. Usually a team just fits a new one in the pits. But Christian Klien’s contact with the wall on lap one of the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix proved to be very costly indeed.
His Jaguar team was running with one-off sponsorship from the Ocean’s 12 film and as part of the deal, the two cars were fitted with stunning £150,000 diamonds, positioned on the tip of the nosecones. Sure, that sounds like a good idea, right? Well, Klien crashed his car on the first lap and retired but the diamond was never actually found.