Kvyat crashes hard at Suzuka, causing red flag in Q3

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Daniil Kvyat walked away unharmed from a hefty crash in the closing stages of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Saturday, causing a red flag stoppage.

With less than one minute remaining in Q3, Kvyat ran wide at the left-hand kink before the turn 11 hairpin, touching the grass on the left hand side of the track.

The Russian driver’s car speared into the wall at high speed, causing a great deal of damage to the chassis and sending debris across the track. The session was red flagged immediately.

Red Bull’s pit wall quickly radioed Kvyat to make sure that he was unharmed, to which he responded: “Yeah, I’m okay.” Team principal Christian Horner confirmed after the session that Kvyat was slightly winded by the accident, but was otherwise fine.

The damage sustained by the RB11 car means that a pit lane start looks likely for Kvyat on Sunday as the team will inevitably have to break parc ferme restrictions to piece it back together. The Russian had been due to start from P10 at Suzuka.

The Japanese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30am ET on Sunday.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.