Sainz 'perfectly conscious' after practice crash

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Toro Rosso has confirmed that Carlos Sainz is 'perfectly conscious' after suffering a high-speed crash during final practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Sainz's Toro Rosso left the circuit at Turn 13 and hit the barriers, after which he was stuck in the car due to his STR10 being beneath the barriers.

Sainz was extricated from his car and taken to the medical centre, after which he was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

"Following Carlos Sainz’s accident during FP3 today in Sochi, the driver is perfectly conscious and was able to talk to the extrication team," read a Toro Rosso statement.

"Once out of the car he was taken to the circuit Medical Centre, where he underwent an initial assessment of his condition.

"He has now been taken by air ambulance to the Sochi Hospital 4. Investigations on the reasons for the accident will take place once the car is back in the team’s garage."

Sainz took to Twitter to confirm that he was fine.

"All ok! Nothing to worry about! Already thinking how to convince the doctors to be on the grid for tomorrow!"

Soon after Sainz's tweet, Toro Rosso confirmed that he would remain in hospital overnight for observation.

"Sainz, who never lost consciousness, underwent a medical examination, including a full body scan. The scan showed that the driver has no injuries.

"However, he will be staying in the hospital overnight as a precautionary measure, which is the normal procedure in these circumstances."

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