Stewart undergoes successful second leg surgery

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Tony Stewart had a second successful leg surgery on Thursday after he’d suffered his broken tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Monday night.

He had his first surgery on Tuesday, primarily to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. This surgery, performed by a specialist in North Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it to its anatomic position.

The team report did not list a discharge date from the hospital.

Earlier this week, Stewart Haas Racing announced Max Papis as a temporary fill-in for Watkins Glen this weekend in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, but they have not yet determined further replacements. Team manager Greg Zipadelli said in a media teleconference that he didn’t think Stewart could get hurt.

But, contrary to Zipadelli’s estimation, Stewart is human, and will need human recovery time from these injuries.

F1 2017 driver review: Nico Hulkenberg

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Nico Hulkenberg

Team: Renault
Car No.: 27
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P6 (Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Abu Dhabi)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 43
Championship Position: 10th

Expectations were hard to peg for Renault heading into its second full season back in F1 with a factory team, but Nico Hulkenberg was surely expected to be the man spearheading its charge.

With teammate Jolyon Palmer severely underperforming, Hulkenberg did exactly that, bringing home all but 14 of the team’s points in the final standings. However, consistency was never something he truly found.

Many of Renault’s issues were down to reliability issues, sidelining Hulkenberg for six races – four coming in a five-race stint from Singapore to Mexico – yet he only scored points in consecutive races on three occasions.

When Hulkenberg and Renault were on form, they proved to be a potent combination, often topping the midfield fight and even looking faster than Force India come the end of the season. His run to sixth at the final race in Abu Dhabi was crucial for the constructors’ championship as Renault jumped Toro Rosso, securing an extra slice of prize money in the process.

But for a driver who was so often tipped as being a future star in F1, Hulkenberg still has a lot to prove. Renault is set to offer a good platform for the German moving forward with factory support, yet if he cannot beat new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. through 2018, concerns will surely be raised.

Season High: Charging to sixth in Abu Dhabi despite a penalty.

Season Low: A tough run to 16th in Malaysia.