Update on Takuma Sato's condition

DHL Jordan Honda driver Takuma Sato will remain in Graz's University Hospital for observation overnight following his accident in today's Austrian Grand Prix. The 25 year old Japanese driver was flown to Graz by air ambulance following initial ...

DHL Jordan Honda driver Takuma Sato will remain in Graz's University Hospital for observation overnight following his accident in today's Austrian Grand Prix. The 25 year old Japanese driver was flown to Graz by air ambulance following initial checks at the circuit Medical Centre overseen by Professor Sid Watkins, the FIA's Chief Medical Officer.

Takuma's manager Andrew Gilbert-Scott has contacted the team from Graz to explain that the initial diagnosis is `soft tissue' damage to the right thigh, but there appear to be no broken bones. He remained in the car immediately following the accident because the rear crash structure of the Sauber had broken through the side of the Jordan Honda EJ12 monocoque slightly below Taku's right knee causing extensive damage and making it difficult for him to move. The side impact crash structures absorbed the impact well. He was treated at the scene by the FIA's Medical Team and removed to the medical centre where he was able to sit up and talk.

Eddie Jordan walked to race Control during the race to establish further information and was informed by Professor Watkins that the fact Takuma had escaped serious injury was `a miracle' and that he appeared to be ok. The team in the pits was quickly informed that Takuma was relatively unhurt.

The decision to keep Takuma in hospital overnight is precautionary in order to check for any after effects of such a serious accident. The team does not know the full extent of the bruising or other injuries, nor how long it will take before Takuma is able to drive again. A full update will be issued tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Eddie Jordan , Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Teams Sauber , Jordan