Russian GP: Practice halted after big Sainz accident

Carlos Sainz has survived a big accident during final practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

The crash took place with 20 minutes of the final practice session remaining at the Sochi circuit.

Video footage of the accident showed Sainz lose control of his car on the approach to Turn 13, pitching him into the wall on the left-hand side of the track.

The damaged car then headed straight across the run off area and head first into the TecPro barriers – eventually ending up underneath them.

Marshals and medical crews were quickly on the scene and it took almost 20 minutes for them to extricate him from his car.

He was conscious and footage of the recovery scene showed that he gave the thumbs-up as he removed to a waiting ambulance.

He was then airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

Team principal Franz Tost said: "As I am informed, he is conscious. He is now with the doctors and we will find what his condition okay."

Tost said it was too early to work out exactly what had caused the crash.

"We need the data, as it looks now the car got lost under braking. But we must find out why and what happened."

The final practice session was not restarted.

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Series Formula 1
Event Russian GP
Track Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr.
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news