24 Hours of Le Mans: Anthony Davidson to stay in hospital until Wednesday image

Toyota’s driver Anthony Davidson will remain in hospital until Wednesday after breaking two vertebrae in a heavy crash at the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Asked by crash.net how does it feel, Davidson said:

“I have felt better, that’s for sure. I am in a bit of pain, in my lumber area, the middle area of my back. That’s the only thing that hurts really so I’ve been lucky.”

“Basically I have two broken vertebrae; T11 and T12.”

Davidson, 33, managed to free himself from the car before signalling for assistance.
He was taken to a local hospital suffering from shock and complaining of back pain. It was then that a medical inspection revealed the fractures in his back.

It is unclear whether Davidson will be back at work in time for this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Davidson, a popular figure in motorsport, kept up his humour from his hospital bed, tweeting throughout the weekend.

“Well that was a big one!” he told his 67,000-plus followers on Saturday night. “Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn’t what I had in mind at this stage in the race.

The race, which ended yesterday afternoon, saw Audi produce a dominant display as Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer repeated their success of last year in the No1 e-tron Quattro hybrid and won by over a lap from the sister car driven by Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello.