Report: Sam Schmidt gives details on James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 practice wreck

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Sam Schmidt, in an interview with the Indianapolis Star‘s Curt Cavin, provided details on the Monday morning accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that injured driver James Hinchcliffe and sent him to the hospital.

Schmidt said Hinchcliffe, who hit the Turn 3 wall at IMS at around 125 G’s, experienced damage to a leg artery after a piece of the right-front suspension entered his upper left thigh. No bones were harmed, but there was soft tissue damage

The team owner said the part, which was reinforced for this season and would have folded previously, went through Hinchcliffe “like a knife.” Doctors at Methodist Hospital had “a big one to plug” during the operation, which involved stopping blood loss.

“If this would have happened at most of the places we race at things might have been different,” Schmidt told the Star. “If he would have had to go from the ambulance to the track medical center to a helicopter to 30 minutes (to the hospital), I hate to say that would have been a challenge.

“The situation here is that he went straight to (Methodist) and it’s close. And we’ve got great people here.”

Hinchcliffe, 28, is in stable condition and will not race in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Schmidt said his team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, will be allowed to keep their 24th starting position for the race and that he has a list of five drivers in consideration to replace Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Honda.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.