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Enzo Fittipaldi is awake and alert in hospital after being involved in a horror crash with Theo Pourchaire at the F2 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday. Both drivers were rushed to hospital after the collision at the Jeddah track.
Frenchman Pourchaire started the race from third position, but failed to start his car properly as the F2 feature race got underway.
The 18-year-old was therefore left stationary as the drivers who started further back on the grid came whizzing up behind him.
Several drivers managed to see Pourchaire in time and avoided a collision with him – but Fittipaldi wasn’t as lucky and smashed straight into the back of the youngster’s car.
Both drivers were given medical treatment at the scene and were fully conscious as they were taken off to hospital.
Fittipaldi, who is the grandson of F1 legend Emerson, left the scene in an air ambulance, while Pourchaire was driven away in a land ambulance.
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In the early hours of Monday morning, Enzo’s brother Pietro took to social media to confirm that his sibling has suffered a heel fracture.
“Hey everyone, thanks for all the messages,” Pietro wrote on Twitter.
“Enzo is awake/alert and resting at the hospital. He has a fracture in his right heel but thankfully things are much better than what we all expected.
“Thank you to the FIA, the team and all the medical staff here in Saudi Arabia.”
Pietro also tweeted a picture of himself sitting close to his brother behind fencing as Enzo received medical attention on the track. “Happy to have been by your side brother,” wrote Pietro.
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The distressing crash resulted in a lengthy red flag in Jeddah, and the race was then shortened to 20 minutes and one lap.
The race came to a premature end after Guilherme Samaia and Olli Caldwell were involved in another crash.
Half points were eventually awarded to everyone, with Oscar Piastri crossing the finish line first.
“The FIA advises that an incident occurred during the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race start today, 05/12/21, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, involving car #10, Theo Pourchaire, and car #14, Enzo Fittipaldi,” read an FIA statement on Sunday.
“The drivers were immediately attended to by emergency and medical crews. The drivers were conscious and extricated by the attending medical crews.
“Both have been transferred by ambulance and helicopter to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah.”
Meanwhile, Pourchaire has also confirmed that he is okay.
“Hey everyone,” wrote the French driver on Twitter on Sunday night. “Just wanted to tell you that I’m globally fine!
“For the moment I don’t know if it’s already the end of the season for me. But the most important is not that, that was a really big one and Enzo is injured.
“I wish him the best recovery possible!”
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