UPDATED (10/22/13, 6:47 p.m. ET): INDYCAR announced this afternoon that Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson has been released from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California and has returned home to Colorado.
The British driver sustained three non-operable pelvic fractures and a small pulmonary contusion during a crash in Saturday night’s IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
A Sunday report from INDYCAR.com quotes Coyne as saying that Wilson will require “six to eight weeks of non-load bearing on his right leg” before he can begin rehab.
“Knowing Justin, he will be back on his mountain bike before you know it,” Coyne said of his driver, who he also said was in “good spirits.”
On Lap 111 of the MAV TV 500, Wilson’s right-rear tire on his No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda appeared to catch a seam in the racing surface, causing him to spin out in Turn 2. After Oriol Servia and Josef Newgarden crashed while trying to avoid him, Wilson was then hit broadside by an oncoming Tristan Vautier.
The incident caused Wilson to be transported to Arrowhead for further evaluation. He was kept there overnight for observation according to INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger.
“It just wiggled and I tried to catch it but it just came around,” Wilson said in the same INDYCAR.com report. “I was not where I needed to be on the angle of the exit and if you get that wrong then the aerodynamics and the track seams can really get you and they certainly did.”
James Jakes and Simona de Silvestro were also involved in the incident, with Jakes’ car getting hit by debris before slamming into the wall. De Silvestro spun out low on the track, but recovered to finish eighth.
MILAN (AP) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is confident the Italian Grand Prix in Monza can find the needed cash to stay on the calendar.
Ecclestone tells the Gazzetta dello Sport, “We will find the right solution – I no longer have doubts – to provide a future for the Italian GP.”
No circuit has hosted more F1 racing than Monza, but officials at the track outside Milan have had trouble producing the estimated 25 million euros ($26.6 million) per year that Ecclestone seeks to keep the race in place after the current contract expires next year.
Ecclstone says, “Things have been cleared up and there is only one go between, (Angelo) Sticchi Damiani, the president of the Italian Automobile Club.”
The Italian GP next year is scheduled for Sept. 4.
Plans to introduce a new alternative, cheaper engine into Formula 1 for 2017 – hypothetically a 2.2-liter V6 similar to what is seen in IndyCar – will at least temporarily go on the backburner.
The F1 Commission has rejected the so called “alternative engine solution,” where several companies submitted proposals to be that alternative supplier.
“The F1 Commission voted not to pursue this option at this stage — however, it may be reassessed after the Power Unit manufacturers have presented their proposal to the Strategy Group,” the FIA said on Wednesday.
“The parties involved have agreed on a course to address several key areas relating to Power Unit supply in Formula One,” the statement added.
Meanwhile the statement outlined four things the current manufacturers – Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda – would be tasked with improving on the current 1.6-liter formula:
- a guarantee of supply to teams
- the need to reduce the engines’ cost
- simplification of the specification
- “improved noise”
Further meetings between the manufacturers and the governing body are scheduled, including one this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale.
As F1 heads into the final weekend of the season, political/paddock items such as Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s respective power unit futures, whether Renault’s takeover of Lotus will finally become official and what will happen with Manor’s team leadership stake – this marks Graeme Lowdon and John Booth’s final weekends although ex-McLaren man Dave Ryan has been hired as the team’s new racing director – are among the talking points.
You couldn’t make this stuff up.
Dominant GP2 Series champion Stoffel Vandoorne had his first go in a Super Formula car at Suzuka on Wednesday, but the engine woes that have hampered his Formula 1 team’s efforts (McLaren) all season appear to be equal opportunity woes.
Vandoorne only completed a limited day of running due to technical issues; naturally, and in an unfortunate coincidence, the Super Formula cars also have Honda power.
The Belgian is now en route from Japan to Abu Dhabi, where this weekend’s final round of the GP2 season will be held alongside the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Wandsworth Council’s Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted seven to four late Tuesday night, in favor of retaining the FIA Formula E event in Battersea Park.
This will see the London ePrix – the season finale for the electric open-wheel championship – continue at the site for at least the next two seasons.
The 2016 race will run July 2-3, to avoid a direct head-to-head clash with the British Grand Prix a week later in Silverstone.
Battersea Park’s race faced local opposition in recent weeks, which put the race under threat.