Mark Webber has miraculously survived a high-speed crash during the World Endurance Championship season finale.
The Australian driver, who previously raced in Formula One for Red Bull, was taking part in the competition when he crashed, which was so ferocious that it left his Porsche in flames and completely tattered across the track.
Viewers at the race and at home were left in a state of shock by the incident, which occurred on the 14th corner of the Interlagos track, located just outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Worried onlookers were relieved to see Mark Webber give the thumbs up to the crowd though as he was initially treated by medics. The 38-year-old was then taken to the medical centre for observation.
Webber was driving at around 300 km an hour when he arrived in the Arquibancadas curve. However, he collided with Matteo Cressoni’s Ferrari before slamming into the safety wall and spinning back in to the middle of the track.
After indicating that he was fine, fans still pined to learn more about his condition so that fears over his injuries could be allayed.
The FIA quickly took to their official website to release a brief statement, via Daily Mail, that confirmed that neither Webber or Cressoni were in life threatening danger.
“The race ended under the safety car after a serious accident between the Porsche of Mark Webber and the AF Corse Ferrari of Matteo Cressoni. Both drivers were taken to the circuit’s medical centre and, after initial examination, to the local Hospital Bandeirantes for further checks, their condition has been reported as satisfactory.”
An update was also provided later courtesy of Mark Webber’s official Facebook page. It confirmed that Webber had undergone his medical checks and he was both “awake and alert.”
“After his accident in the six hour race in Sao Paulo, Mark is awake and alert. [He] has been taken to the medical center for further checks.”
Mark Webber is actually prone to accidents on the Interlagos circuit. Back in 2003 at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he crashed into the wall while driving for Jaguar. In fact it was at the same corner where his incident took place on Sunday.
The world of motorsport will be relieved to hear of Webber and Cressoni’s instant recoveries, especially in the light of the Jules Bianchi’s horrifying crash at the Japanese Grand Prix just a few weeks ago.
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