Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken suffered a broken collarbone and fractured vertebra in the high-speed crash at Spa.
Competing with Emil Frey Lamborghini, he was involved in a four-car accident that happened on Raidillon where it is one of the fastest points of The Circuit.
The British driver, Jack Aitken suffered a broken collarbone and fractured vertebra in the high-speed crash during Spa 24 Hours. The accident occurred at the start of Raidillon which is one of the fastest points on the circuit when four cars were involved in an impact that transferred both drivers to the hospital with race organizers saying they had not suffered “life-threatening injuries.”
The last update on Iron Lynx’s official website reveals that there has been no change in the condition of either Rigon or Aitken.
The Brit driver had a successful first stint of the race. Then he hit a curb and was thrown into the air, landing on his head in what is being called an incident that could have killed him or worse.
The official Spa 24 Hours website released updates about Aitken’s condition this morning with great relief when they found out he suffered only minor injuries which will not keep him from competing again soon
The 25-year-old said: “First of all, thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last several hours, from the marshals, medical staff trackside and at the hospital, my wonderful team, fellow drivers, and all of you sending messages.
“All things considered I feel fine, and quite lucky.
“I’m also sorry for my teammates that we didn’t get to compete, and for the other cars involved.
“The aim now is to get back to the UK and start to recover as best as possible and be back in the car soon. I’m sure with the people around me I’ll manage it just fine!”
The other two drivers involved, Kevin Estre and Franck Perera, were cleared at the track’s medical center.
Explaining how he saw the crash unfold, Porsche factory driver Eostre told Motorsport.com: “Suddenly I saw a lot of smoke and a lot of debris in front of me over the crest.
“When I braked, I didn’t really know where to go, cause I couldn’t really see if there was a car stopped or anything. I just saw debris and some smoke.
“I stayed on my line, but then apparently I hit the Lamborghini of Jack Aitken on the right side.
“It was quite a big hit, which spun me and brought me into the barrier. So I think that’s how it happened. As I said, I couldn’t really see.”
Aitken, who made his Formula 1 debut with Williams last season when he filled in for George Russell at the Sakhir GP, is dovetailing a sportscar program in the GT World Challenge series with his Formula 2 commitments with HWA Racelab.
He remains Williams’ official reserve driver.
“Sending our best wishes to our reserve driver Jack Aitken following an accident at the 24 Hours of Spa,” Williams said in a statement on Saturday night.
“Jack has been taken to hospital for further evaluation and fortunately with no life-threatening injuries. Everyone on the team wishes him a speedy recovery.”
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