Davidson breaks vertebrae in horror Le Mans crash

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Toyota TS030 hybrid, Le Mans, 2012In the round-up: Sky F1 commentator Anthony Davidson suffers two broken vertebrae after a horrific Le Mans accident.


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Davidson breaks back at Le Mans (Sky)

??Toyota’s Anthony Davidson has broken his back after a horrific crash at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in France.The British driver was in the opening stages of his first stint and was hunting down the leaders when he was hit by Piergiuseppe Perazzini, whilst lapping the Ferrari driver. The contact sent the Sky Sports F1 commentator into the air, and his car spectacularly somersaulted. Fortunately, he landed on his wheels before slamming into the barriers at high speed.??

Q+A With TOYOTA Racing Driver Anthony Davidson (Toyota)

Anthony Davidson: ??Basically I have two broken vertebrae; T11 and T12. The doctors say the average recovery time is three months, but that?s an average person not a professional sportsman or athlete. That estimate is to get back to an absolutely healed bone; as strong as it was before. It?s more like three weeks until the pain subsides and I get my mobility back fully.??

Romain Grosjean – “The gap to the win is not that big??” Q&A (Lotus)

Romain Grosjean: ??The gap to the win is not that big. We need to qualify better, that is not our strength this season but we are working on it. I think Friday and Saturday were quite difficult for us in Canada but we have been learning a lot about the car so it?s good that we now have that in our pocket for the next races.??

F1 team help design Army’s vehicle (Sun)

??The first of 300 Foxhound trucks, together worth ??270m, turned up last week. Troops are already training with the vehicle ? designed with the help of Lewis?s McLaren team and boffins from BMW and the World Rally Championship. It has a top speed of 70mph and boasts a V-shaped bottom which deflects bomb blasts.??

‘I’m no moaner!’ Jenson Button says radio whining is aimed at improving the car (Mirror)

Jenson Button: ??It?s not moaning. People say, ??He ??always whinges?. You are not whinging. It is about developing a car through the race. It is what drivers do. If you drove round and didn?t say anything for the whole race, you are doing something wrong.??

Businesses race to F1 Expo (KXAN Austin)

??The excitement is building as Austin’s first Formula 1 race is only months away. Thousands of fans headed over to Austin Convention Center to get an up close and personal look. With 600 million race car fans worldwide, local businesses are looking to cash in.?? (with video)

Pit-lane boffins and fresh flesh making F1 season a lottery (Irish Independent)

??Formula One has never thrown up more permutations than it has this season and the sport is richer for that diversity. But as the season progresses a more stable pattern should emerge. Or will it? Have all seven winners revealed themselves? Is Schumacher or Raikkonen waiting to add to the quota???

Audi #1 crew claims first hybrid Le Mans 24 Hours win (Autosport)

??Audi claimed the first Le Mans 24 Hours victory for a hybrid car as #1 crew Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler repeated their 2011 triumph in the 80th running of the famous event. The trio led a one-two for the new e-tron and topped an all-Audi podium. But while that result might have been widely predicted given the rival Toyota TS030’s lack of preparation mileage and Audi’s enthusiasm for proving the effectiveness of its e-tron concept, the winners certainly did not have it easy.??

Silverstone UK via Twitter

??Our #F1 auction is now live! You have 1 wk to get your bids in! There are some amazing ‘Money Can’t Buy’ auction items! Link??

Paul Hembery via Twitter

“Le Mans, soooo boring. Audi racing.. Audi,, racing Audi, Zzzzz”

Comment of the day

Should the Interlagos pitlane be moved? AlonsoWDC believes this is one track modification that is long overdue.

This is a track that has seen several nasty incidents and several fatalities in recent years. I have seen over fifteen GPs held at Sao Paulo, and my eyes are always startled at each opening practice when I see someone storm back into the pits or, more likely, someone uses the pit entrance as the flat-out racing line.

It?s a much needed safety improvement. The changes at Silverstone to move the pit complex to a different part of the circuit changed the lap of course, but failed to take away from the raciness it produces. Moving the pits three corners away to the ??back? straight at Sao Paulo, IMO, will do even less to take away from its lap. It?s just long overdue.

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On this day in F1

Emerson Fittipaldi won the non-championship Gran Premio Republica Italiana at the Vallelunga circuit 40 years ago today.

The Lotus driver won from pole position ahead of Andrea de Adamich (Surtees) and Nanni Galli (Tecno).

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135 comments on Davidson breaks vertebrae in horror Le Mans crash

  1. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 18th June 2012, 12:13

    Ron Dennis better start putting his hands in his pocket, “Lewis’s McLaren Team” that’s right “Lewis’s team” just helped develop a vehicle for the army. At nearly the cost of a Mclaren road car they’ve already sold 300! And Ron thinks Lewis should take a paycut? Thing again Ron, Lewis is your business.

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 18th June 2012, 16:02

      Just like Senna, Hakkinen, Lauda etc have all been McLaren’s ‘business’ at their respective times. Drivers, talent and money are transient.

      Calling it ‘Hamilton’s team’ is the gutter press giving celebrity context to an otherwise sterile, dry and uninteresting story. Of course, the second someone is killed in one of these things, the McLaren link will be dragged up along with stupid drivel as ‘why is an F1 car company making our boys tanks?’…

  2. mayhemfunkster (@mayhemfunkster) said on 18th June 2012, 13:22

    Obviously the Ferrari’s fault BUT Martin Brundle has told Autosport that when at Le Mans he assumes everybody is going to run into him unless they prove they have seen him. Seems a healthy attitude to me.

    Ant emphatically did not do that. He left the decision up to the Ferrari.

  3. BS (@bs) said on 18th June 2012, 20:58

    I think it’s a shame television coverage of motorsport is so in love with slow motion. Here is a clip of the crash at normal speed, which isn’t (unless I missed it) in the video posted above. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMWFiq7aXVw In my opinion this gives a much clearer picture of how fast and brutal such an impact actually is.

    Hope he recovers well.

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