The grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi has been sent to hospital following a horrific accident at the start of the F2 race in Saudi Arabia.
Enzo Fittipaldi, who started from 18th place on the field, did not seem to notice that Theo Pourchaire, as number three, had stalled on the field.
Fittipaldi, starting on the left side, crossed to the right side of the track and ran into the rear of the UNI-Virtuosi car at undiminished speed, sending debris everywhere, including over the safety fence and into the pit lane.
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The race was red flagged while medical staff rushed to the scene, with both Pourchaire and Fittipaldi transferred to the hospital.
“Both Pourchaire and Fittipaldi were immediately attended to by emergency services and medical staff,” organizers said in a statement.
“The drivers were conscious and were released by the medical crews present and have been transferred to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah.”
Purchaire, one of the most exciting talents in the sport, is widely expected to take the step up to Formula 1 in 2023. He has since tweeted that he is OK, but is not sure if he will participate in the season-final round in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
“At the moment I do not know if it is already the end of the season for me,” he wrote.
“But the most important thing is not that, it was a really big one and Enzo is injured.
“I wish him the best possible recovery.”
Fittipaldi’s injuries are unknown at this time, though the front of his car was severely damaged in the incident in which the 20-year-old was unable to get out of the wreck.
Australia’s Oscar Piastri won an abbreviated race by just half a point as he started from pole position. The race was red flagged after yet another incident, this time involving Olli Caldwell and Guilherme Samaia, with both drivers unharmed.
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Piastri now has a 51.5 point lead over team-mate Robert Shwartzman with just one round left of the championship. Although it is mathematically possible for Piastri to be captured, it is highly unlikely.
The 20-year-old from Melbourne aims to become the first Australian to win the sport’s highest junior category and has already signed a deal as Alpine’s F1 reserve driver for 2022.
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