Wilson hopefully fit for Brazil

Wilson hopefully fit for Brazil

Minardi's Justin Wilson believes he will be fit for the Brazilian Grand Prix after being airlifted to hospital following the Malaysian race. Wilson's seat belts came loose while competing at the Sepang circuit, slipping off the HANS device which...

Minardi's Justin Wilson believes he will be fit for the Brazilian Grand Prix after being airlifted to hospital following the Malaysian race. Wilson's seat belts came loose while competing at the Sepang circuit, slipping off the HANS device which resulted in the Englishman having to retire in severe pain and unable to feel his arms.

Justin Wilson.
Photo by Minardi Formula 1.
"I had a scan at the hospital but there's no lasting damage," said Wilson. "I don't feel too bad now. I have been told to take it easy for a few days. I don't see there being any problem for Brazil -- I should be fit in plenty of time."

"It hasn't affected me before but this is the longest stint I have done so far this season. After my first stop the car had terrific front-end grip but felt loose at the back and I had to work quite hard at the wheel.The harder I worked, the more the belts began to slip off the HANS."

"Gradually they came off altogether and I started rattling around and banging my shoulders on the side of the cockpit, which was pretty excruciating. I tried to keep going but eventually the pain became too intense and I had to stop. By the time I pitted I could hardly move because my arms and shoulders were so sore."

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart is naturally concerned about the incident and the team intends to investigate, to make sure everything is correct for Brazil. The HANS device currently in use makes it difficult to strap Wilson into the car properly.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi