Big crash for Ralf at Monza test

Ralf Schumacher suffered a heavy crash on the first day of testing at Monza today when late afternoon the Williams came off the track at the second Lesmo corner and impacted heavily with the barrier. The car reportedly went airborne and...

Ralf Schumacher suffered a heavy crash on the first day of testing at Monza today when late afternoon the Williams came off the track at the second Lesmo corner and impacted heavily with the barrier. The car reportedly went airborne and somersaulted before coming to a halt.

Ralf was taken to the medical centre, accompanied by brother Michael and then transferred to hospital in Milan. He was conscious after the crash and Williams said he is up and about and suffered no serious injury. He will undergo precautionary checks, as standard. The car, however, was substantially damaged.

Test team manager Tim Newton said: "Ralf suffered an accident at the end of the afternoon session, when he spun off the circuit at one of the Lesmo corners, and is currently undergoing precautionary medical checks. The cause of the accident is not yet known but is under investigation."

Schumacher Junior already had a previous incident prior to the accident when his car caught fire in the pit lane when he returned to the garage. Marshals swiftly extinguished the blaze, which was believed to have been caused by an oil leak.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher
Teams Williams