Toyota Racing has confirmed that British driver Anthony Davidson has broken two vertebrae after a huge accident during the opening hours of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
Davidson was taken to hospital after his Toyota tagged a Ferrari sports car he was lapping in an accident that brought out the pace car with five hours gone.
A spokesman for Toyota, who have returned to the race for the first time in 13 years, said that Davidson was not seriously hurt.
The 33-year-old, an ex-Formula One driver and grand prix analyst for Sky television, climbed out of the number eight car and gesticulated before receiving treatment from the medical team at the Sarthe circuit.
“Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn’t what I had in mind at this stage in the race…” Davidson wrote on Twitter.
It is not clear at this stage how long he will have to remain in hospital, but he is likely to spend months out of racing recovering.
Sarrazin sent his best wishes to co-driver Davidson and was happy with the overall performance of both cars.
“Firstly I am relieved that Anthony got out of such an accident and I hope he gets better quickly,” he said.