It has emerged that Renault’s test and reserve driver, Ho-Pun Tung has also suffered a broken lumbar vertebra in the same GP2 accident that identically injured Ferrari’s development driver, Jules Bianchi.
The DAMS driver collected Bianchi’s ART car head-on after the Frenchman ran wide and spun back across the track on the exit of the first corner on the opening lap of Saturday’s GP2 feature race at Hungary. Both drivers were taken to hospital, but while Bianchi is facing a long lay-off with back injuries, Tung’s injuries seem to be less severe.
A Renault team statement confirmed the bad news overnight: “Following yesterday’s accident in the GP2 feature race at the Hungaroring, Ho-Pin Tung had an MRI scan this morning, which confirmed a very small fracture on the lumbar vertebra. No surgery is required and his period of recovery is not expected to be an extended one.
“He will remain in Budapest’s AEK Hospital until Tuesday and will then return home to rest. A further medical examination is scheduled for two weeks’ time to assess his recovery,” is continued.
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