Theo Pourchaire ‘fine’ but has request about ‘injured’ Enzo Fittipaldi after grim F2 crash

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Formula 2 star Theo Pourchaire confirmed to fans he is ‘fine’ while Enzo Fittipaldi suffered a fractured heel during their horrific start line crash in the Feature Race at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Pourchaire stalled on the grid as the lights went out, while the unsighted Fittipaldi, who was flying after starting in 18th – near the back of the grid, crashed into his stationary car.

Fittipaldi subsequently flew into the barriers as debris from his car exploded around the track as his car rolled to a halt.

The horrible crash right at the start led to a lengthy red flag as the race was shortened to 20 minutes and one lap. 

Both drivers were conscious and taken to the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital by ambulance and helicopter.

Pourchaire, who had started in third, took to social media to confirm his health.

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“Hey everyone, Just wanted to tell you that I’m globally fine!,” the 18-year-old tweeted.

“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!”

Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur revealed he has spoken to the Frenchman since the crash and he expects Pourchaire to race in the F2 finale in Abu Dhabi.

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Pourchaire is part of Sauber’s Academy.

“Theo is OK, I spoke with him half an hour after the race,” Vasseur told Autosport.

“He was on his way to hospital, to get some checks, some X-ray, but everything is going well, and he told me no doubt that he will be in Abu Dhabi.

“But, perhaps he will be a bit stiff tomorrow, but let’s see for Abu Dhabi.”

An official update regarding Fittipaldi’s condition is yet to be made, but his brother Pietro Fittipaldi confirmed the 20-year-old is awake having escaped with only a fractured right heel. 

“Hey everyone thanks for all the messages. Enzo is awake/alert and resting at the hospital,” read a post of Pietro’s social media channels. 

“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.”

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