Salo walks away from 135mph Toyota testing crash

Toyota test driver Mika Salo has walked away unscathed from a high-speed crash at Paul Ricard in France today (Sunday) just two days after the Japanese manufacturer launched its Formula 1 challenge. Gearbox failure caused the Finn to go off and...

Toyota test driver Mika Salo has walked away unscathed from a high-speed crash at Paul Ricard in France today (Sunday) just two days after the Japanese manufacturer launched its Formula 1 challenge. Gearbox failure caused the Finn to go off and hit the wall at the end of the ultra-fast Mistral straight at an estimated 135mph. Salo walked away from the crash scene, but was then flown by helicopter to hospital in Marseille for a check-up. "Mika has no injuries," said team doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli. "He just has some back pain. I recommended he take some rest before continuing with testing." The carbonfibre gearbox components that failed will be x-rayed at Toyota Motorsport's Cologne headquarters before testing resumes mid-week. "I'm very sorry we have to stop testing now," said Salo. "I was very impressed with the car yesterday. We have already made some positive improvements and during the first laps today the car was feeling good." Despite the speed of the crash, all four wheels stayed on the car. Damage was limited to its nose section. Scotland's Allan McNish could take over Salo's testing duties this week while the Finn concentrates on recovering.

-FOSA

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Allan McNish , Mika Salo