UPDATE ON NICO'S CONDITION Nicolas Lapierre, injured in a multi-car collision at the start of last Saturday's Monaco GP2 race, left hospital last night to begin what he hopes will be a swift recovery. Two of Lapierre's vertebrae were...
UPDATE ON NICO'S CONDITION
Nicolas Lapierre, injured in a multi-car collision at the start of last Saturday's Monaco GP2 race, left hospital last night to begin what he hopes will be a swift recovery.
Two of Lapierre's vertebrae were compressed in the accident, in which his car landed heavily having become airborne over the rear tyre of a competitor's machine.
The accident was triggered when Tristran Gommendy's car snapped sideways under braking for the first corner, hitting Alexandre Negrao into Lapierre, whose car was then launched from Lucas di Grassi's.
Despite pain from the injury to his D6 and D7 vertebrae, Lapierre is said already to be recovering well. His manager Didier Coton said: "It's a clean compression -- very painful but thankfully nothing major. Nico is well and is in good sprits, but of course he now needs some time for his injuries to heal. He will be wearing a corset to stabilise his back, and is already allowed to walk."
Lapierre will miss the next GP2 rounds at Silverstone on June 9-10, and will also be unable to participate in the multi-team, mid-season test at Paul Ricard in July. But providing the healing process continues without complication, he should be back in action soon after. He is due to have further x-ray examinations this week, after which a more detailed prognosis will be made.
Coton said: "At the moment Nico has been told to take it easy for four to five weeks, but we will have an exact timescale once doctors have seen how well his back has healed in the week between x-rays. For now the most important thing is to make sure he is comfortable for the healing process begin. Overall he is well, in very good spirits, and looking forward to getting back to racing."