Unbelievable that carbon fibre, with practically no mass, can cause that.
The incident occurred on lap 57 of the 82-lap race, which was held on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Driver Simon Pagenaud lost traction as he exited turn 6 and lifted off the throttle slightly to regain control of his car. He was then struck in the right rear by Justin Wilson, causing a piece of Wilson’s left front wing to break away.
According to a representative from Hinchcliffe’s team, Andretti Autosport, the debris became airborne and struck Hinchcliffe in the helmet, causing damage to the visor. Hinchcliffe was able to bring his car to a controlled stop in the runoff area in turn 7, and reportedly asked for help removing his helmet. He was then taken on a stretcher to the infield care centre in visible discomfort.
According to indycar.com Hinchcliffe has been cleared to resume training, another medical evaluation tomorrow to decide when he can return to driving duties.
More news: Chevrolet fined and docked manufacturer points for running traction control at the Indy GP.
Officials fined engine manufacturer Chevrolet $20,000 and penalized it 10 engine manufacturer’s points for violations of the engine regulations. Chevrolet was found to have violated Rule 11.2 (Torque Control) and 12.1 (Traction Control) of the Verizon IndyCar Series Engine Regulations.
Too bad for them that Honda finished 1-2, heh.
I’m encouraged to see IndyCar has recognised the need to sort the standing start out. Also interesting to note Munoz and Aleshin – the two drivers who hit Saavedra – didn’t have spotters:
Spotters are only mandatory for ovals, to my knowledge. As for starts in general, everyone managed to get through lap 1 at St Pete, Long Beach and Barber just fine despite the close quarters aggressive racing (well, aside from Sato’s spin in the wet that is).
Also, Hinchcliffe has now been cleared to drive again.
Came across a video which shows how severe Hinchcliffe’s blow to the head was last week. Ouch.
Ignore the ridiculous talking haircut and skip to 1:29.
Not sure if it was posted here already, but this video shows the start-line crash again from a good angle. Really scary.
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