Indianapolis (EON) – Sébastien Bourdais left the operating room on Sunday after a spectacular crash in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
The operation aimed at stabilizing the multiple fractures of the Sébastien Bourdais basin went well, the organizers of the IndyCar Championship said Sunday.
“The surgery went well,” said Dr. Geoffrey Billows, head of the IndyCar Championship Medical Service. I saw Sébastien this (Sunday) morning and he is better than I expected “.
Earlier on Sunday, the French driver’s wife, Claire Bourdais, had also been equally optimistic about the social network Facebook.
“Seb came out of the block and everything went well. The convalescence will be long. Thank you all for your support, “she wrote in the Facebook group” Sebastien Bourdais Fan Club “.
According to Chris Long of KSTP-TV, Bourdais suffers from “multiple fractures of the pelvis as well as a fracture of the right hip,” said his team Dale Coyne Racing in a statement. He was operated at the University Hospital of Indianapolis.
The 38-year-old lost control of his car during the first day of Indy 500 qualifying. His car first hit the safety wall at 300 km / h and then caught fire To make a barrel.
The images, very spectacular, let fear the worst about the health of the Frenchman. But once his single-seater No. 18 stopped, after drifting for several seconds along the low wall, Bourdais put his hands on his helmet, showing that he was conscious.
The Dale Coyne driver was quickly evacuated by the emergency services to an Indianapolis hospital where doctors diagnosed him with multiple pelvic fractures and a right hip fracture.
WATCH: Replay of Bourdais' turn 2 crash. He got loose- tried to correct – and slammed nearly head on into the wall. He was averaging 231 mph pic.twitter.com/eUKwe3SPb7
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Dale Coyne, the boss of the eponymous team, said that the Bourdais season was over and that he would have to wait between six and eight weeks before starting his fitness.
Bourdais will be replaced for the 500 miles of Indianapolis on May 28 by Australian James Davison who has already competed twice in the famous race but has not raced in IndyCar since 2015.
He did not take part in the second qualifying day on Sunday and will make his debut in the No. 18 car on Monday.
The Indianapolis Star noted, Bourdais, four-time winner of the ChampCar championship, which disappeared in the 2000s, dominated the fifth and final free practice session Friday, the most important of the week.
He made Saturday the two fastest laps of the day that were not improved after his accident.
By 2015, British driver IndyCar Justin Wilson had returned to the hospital after an accident in a car race in the United States. A debris from another damaged car had hit him on the head.
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