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Fittipaldi Undergoes Successful Surgery After Spa Crash

Pietro Fittipaldi undergoes successful surgery to repair leg fractures…

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Pietro Fittipaldi has undergone successful surgery on both legs following his accident in qualifying for the Total Six Hours of Spa.

A statement released by the FIA medical delegates confirmed that the 21-year-old Brazilian suffered “complex leg fractures” in the crash on Friday.

Fittipaldi left intensive care at 10:30 a.m. local time and was “completely conscious” on exiting the operating theater, according to the bulletin.

He remains under observation at the central hospital in Liege, where he is joined by his father.

Fittipaldi lost control of the No. 10 DragonSpeed BR Engineering BR1 Gibson going through Eau Rouge after the car appeared to experience some sort of electrical glitch.

The car made heavy contact with the left-side tire barriers, bringing out the red flags for 20 minutes while the trackside medical staff attended to the driver.

As expected, the DragonSpeed entry has been withdrawn from this afternoon’s race, leaving 34 cars on the entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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  1. FLB

    May 5, 2018 at 7:52 am

    His season isn’t necessarily over, though he’ll miss Indy for sure. Other drivers have come back the same year after similar injuries, notably Olivier Panis (F1, Montreal) and his father’s cousin Christian (CART, Surfers Paradise) , both in 1997.

    Vamos correr, Pietro!

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