Maldonado given medical check-up as a precaution after FP2 crash (VIDEO)

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Pastor Maldonado left the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with his tail between his legs after a huge shunt on Friday afternoon saw his practice come to an early end.

The Venezuelan driver binned his car on the run down to Pouhons during FP2, after getting two wheels on the grass and losing control of his car. The crash was severe enough to warrant a precautionary check-up at the medical centre.

However, when asked by MotorSportsTalk about the incident, he said that he felt fine.

“I went for a quick check-up and I was okay,” Maldonado said. “The doctor said ‘you don’t need to be here’ so they sent me straight to the garage.

“It looks big, but it was not actually big. The problem was that I got a huge wheel spin on the exit of turn nine.”

He did not think that the incident was wholly his fault, saying: “I think it’s difficult to drive. It was the first lap, cold tires, maybe a bit from my side, a bit from the car. Maybe half [my fault].”

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)