Carlos Sainz Jr. survived a potentially fatal accident at yesterday’s qualifying session for the 2015 Russian Grand Prix. The Toro Rosso driver lost control at Turn 13 of the racetrack, and his car ended underneath the collision barrier. With freakish good luck, he ended up unhurt without any serious injury. As of now, he is being held under observation, but he intended to return to compete in today’s race. The race stewards have given him permission to participate if the Spaniard receives medical clearance.
Sainz Jr. confirmed in a tweet that he was unhurt and intended to compete in the final race.
Here is the official clip from the crash.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg continued his impressive qualifying form by securing yet another pole position, at Sochi. He now stands at 3-12 head-to-head with Lewis Hamilton, when it comes to starting a race at the pole position. Hamilton will start today’s race at 2nd, exactly like last year’s Russian GP, where he won. He heads into the race with a 48 point lead over his teammate.
Force India drivers notched up impressive positions, with 6th and 7th places for Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez respectively, only behind both Mercedes and Ferrari drivers, and Valtteri Bottas of Williams. Red Bull and McLaren continued their poor form, struggling with their respective engines.