The French Théo Pourchaire and the Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, who collided on Sunday at the start of the Formula 2 race of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, in Jeddah, were the subject of reassuring news a little later.
"Theo is fine, he has no fracture," said Frédéric Vasseur, the boss of Alfa Romeo F1 to an AFP journalist on the starting grid of the GP.
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As for Fittipaldi, he is said to have a broken ankle, said Brazilian television which covers F1 all year round.
"The pilots were immediately taken care of by the emergency and medical teams", was it specified a little earlier in a press release from the International Automobile Federation (FIA), sports authority of F1 and F2 .
They “were aware and were extricated by the medical teams present.
They were transferred by ambulance and helicopter to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah, ”the FIA added.
After stalling on the grid, 18-year-old Pourchaire was struck from behind by 20-year-old Fittipaldi, who is the grandson of former two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi (1972, 1974).
The race was immediately interrupted, to start again forty minutes later, then to stop definitively and prematurely after another minor accident and a new red flag.