Pietro Fittipaldi’s FIA World Endurance Championship debut at the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps ended abruptly during the qualifying.
The 21 year-old Brazilian crashed at the Eau Rouge corner at high speed, and he hit the tire barrier nose first, where it came to a stop.
The white DragonSpeed BR1 Engineering #10 took the impact very well, but the front of the car was demolished, as it should do as such impacts.
The doctors were on site very shortly after, and he was removed from the car cautiously, as a driver should be after having pulled many G’s.
He was transported to the tracks own medial centre, and then flown on to the Citadelle hospital in Liege.
He was conscious the whole time, and was able to communicate with the doctors, but it was quickly assessed that he had broken both legs.
No further details have been released about how complex the injury is, nor how long his recovery will take.
So his Indy 500 plans are probably not going to happen, since it’s unlikely that he can be back in a racing car in just one and a half weeks, in the preparations for the big race.
Racing24-7.net wishes him a speedy recovery, and hopes to see him back at the race tracks again soon.
Update – Pietro Fittipaldi left intensive care on Sunday Morning at 10.30, after operation to both legs last night. His condition is stable and is together with his father at the hospital since yesterday. He is awake of everything that happened before and after the accident, he remains in the hospital for further monitoring.