Vitaly: “Thanks for your well wishes!”
We caught up with Vitaly when he left hospital after a few checks. Our driver was caught out in a crash involving other drivers on lap 68 of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Vitaly, how are you?
I’m fine, thank you. It’s been a big crash but I’m ok. First of all, I would like to thank all my fans for all their well wishes, the medical teams at the circuit, the hospital for their efficient and friendly assistance, and the team for their concern. After the impact, I could not feel my legs very well. I thought it was best for the medical team to assist with removing me from the car as it was difficult for me to move and my legs were trapped in the cockpit. I did not lose consciousness but I was in quite a lot of pain when I was inside the car.
You were on your way to a possible 4th place in Monaco…
It is a shame as I made a good start, gaining two places straight away. After my pitstop, I was stuck behind Kamui Kobayashi - who was very slow- and Adrian Sutil -who was defending his position really too aggressively- but I was being cautious as it is very difficult to pass on this track. Then I got caught in the incident. It is a shame, as we could have got quite a few points this weekend.
Are you ready for Montreal?
Of course! Actually, I’m now looking forward to Montreal. We need to sort out our problems in qualifying and we will get some good results, as our race pace is usually very good.
Source: Lotus Renault