Sainz "sore" but will try to race in Russia

Carlos Sainz says he is sore but that he will do all he can to take part in the Russian Grand Prix after his big crash in final practice.

The Spanish driver was airlifted to hospital after crashing heavily against the barriers after he lost control of his Toro Rosso on the approach to Turn 13 with 20 minutes left in the session.

Sainz has undergone checks that ruled out any injuries and the FIA has given him permission to race should he be cleared by doctors.

The Spaniard said he only had a sore neck and back, but was completely fine otherwise.

"As you can see I'm fine. It was nothing in the end," Sainz in a video message sent to Spanish TV.

"It was just a scare. A big scare, but just a scare. I want you to know I was conscious all the time.

"I was trying to talk to the team on the radio from underneath the barriers, but they couldn't hear me so I started to worry because I knew people would start thinking it was something more serious than it actually was.

"They've done all sorts of tests and I have nothing. A bit of a sore neck and back, but with a bit of rest I'm going to try to race.

"I can't give you any guarantees but I'm going to do all I can to race and if I can't then I'll just rest and think about the next one.

"Thanks to everybody for their support and your messages, which help a lot in moments like this."

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