Anthony Davidson suffered a broken back in this terrifying crash at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

Former F1 driver turned commentator Anthony Davidson has sustained two broken vertebrae in a sickening accident in the early hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Piloting the #8 Toyota Hybrid TS030 LMP1 Prototype along the Mulsanne straight, Davidson tangled with the slower #81 GTE-Am Class Ferrari at one of the fastest corners of the Le Mans lap.

The accident caused Davidson to launch into the air and flip before he and the Ferrari slid at high speed into the tyre barriers.

Initially it seemed that Davidson had escaped from the crash uninjured, but he soon started complaining of back pain and was transferred to the circuit’s medical centre, where fractures of the T11 and T12 vertebrae were diagnosed.

Davidson will remain in hospital until at least Monday; it is believed that his spinal cord function remains intact.

We wish Anthony a safe and speedy recovery from what could have been so much worse!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.