Simona de Silvestro talks about her huge accident

IndyCar medical officials have declared that Simona de Silvestro won’t be able to return to the cockpit until qualifying for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500 after ruling her unfit to drive following her monster crash in practice on Thursday.

The HVM racer sustained second-degree burns on the back of her right hand after crashing heavily at Turns 3 and 4 when her car became airborne and flipped.

After a brief stint in hospital, the Swiss driver returned to the track on Friday and she will be re-evaluated again today to see if she can participate in qualifying in this weekend’s sessions to determine the starting order for the 33-car event.

The rules allow for a substitute driver to be nominated ahead of qualifying, but any change in driver nomination between qualifying and the race will see the new driver starting from the rear of the grid.

With 40 drivers nominated for the big race, HVM must attempt to qualify this weekend, even if it means using a substitute driver.

[Video via IndyCars]

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