GP2: De Jong undergoes surgery for broken vertebrae


Daniel de Jong has undergone surgery for a broken vertebrae following his high-speed accident in yesterday’s GP2 feature race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Coming into Blanchimont corner, de Jong was tapped by DAMS driver Pierre Gasly, causing the Dutchman to lose control of his car.

De Jong’s car embedded itself in the barrier, prompting officials to red flag the race to allow the MP motorsport driver to be attended to by medical staff. The barrier also had to be repaired, resulting in a lengthy delay.

GP2 confirmed in the aftermath of the incident that de Jong was conscious and talking, and that he had been transported to a local hospital in Liege, Belgium, for further assessments.

On Sunday morning, GP2 issued the following statement.

After MP Motorsport’s Daniel De Jong was taken to Liege hospital yesterday following his accident during the feature race, it was found that the Dutch driver had one broken vertebrae (the sixth) which needed immediate attention.

The four hour surgery went well and his situation is stable. Daniel will remain in Liege hospital next week.

Daniel’s family and the MP Motorsport team would like to thank the medical team that treated him with success. They would also like to thank their colleagues, the GP2 drivers and teams and the Series organisers for their support.

GP2 Series would like to wish Daniel a speedy recovery.