Sainz declared fit to race in Russian Grand Prix

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Carlos Sainz Jr. will race in today’s Russian Grand Prix in spite of his hefty accident in practice on Saturday morning after passing the FIA’s final medical checks.

Sainz crashed hard at turn 13 during FP3, pitching his car underneath the TecPro barriers that lay at the end of the run-off area and getting stuck underneath them.

Medical crews took 20 minutes to rescue Sainz, who was then airlifted to hospital for further checks and scans to ensure that he was okay.

The Spaniard tweeted that he was totally fine following the accident, with scans showing that he had not been harmed. He was discharged from hospital on Saturday evening.

After passing the FIA’s final medical check, Sainz’s Toro Rosso team has given him the green light to take part in today’s race, starting from the back of the grid.

“Following this morning’s FIA note to the media in which Carlos Sainz was declared fit to race, Scuderia Toro Rosso is happy to confirm that Carlos will take part in today’s 2015 Russian Grand Prix here in Sochi,” a short statement from Toro Rosso read.

The Russian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 6:30am ET on Sunday.