Ralf Schumacher recovering in hospital

Ralf Schumacher is recovering in hospital after a high speed crash in the United States Grand Prix today. The Williams driver has suffered bruising and probable concussion but is otherwise thought to be intact. Schumacher's car suffered a...

Ralf Schumacher is recovering in hospital after a high speed crash in the United States Grand Prix today. The Williams driver has suffered bruising and probable concussion but is otherwise thought to be intact.

Schumacher's car suffered a puncture at the end of the tenth lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after there had already been one safety car period due to an incident at the start of the race. The Williams spun and hit the wall backwards in a very heavy impact at the last corner, causing debris to scatter along the track.

The car came to rest on the start/finish straight and the German was obviously stunned, not moving in the car, but the monococque was intact. Once the safety crews reached the scene Schumacher attempted to leave the car himself but in the end the medics transferred him to a stretcher and then to an ambulance.

He was taken to a local hospital where he is expected to remain overnight, if not for a few days. "Of course our race was over-shadowed by Ralf's accident," said BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen.

"I visited him in the medical centre during the race, where he was undergoing a first check. I could even speak with him shortly. We all hope now that Ralf recovers quickly."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams