Czech racing driver Tomas Enge has been suspended from racing after failing a drugs test for the second time in 10 years.
The 35-year-old Czech, whose failed drugs test in 2002 effectively cost him that year’s F3000 International title, denies any wrongdoing.
He explained that he had long-term health problems and recently asked the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) for an exemption to allow him to take certain medicines.
“It’s a shock for me. I consciously did not enjoy any prohibited substance.”
“I’m now going to consult with experts to see how this situation will evolve. I ask people to understand and I’ll give more information as soon as the doctors come to a decision. My conscience is clear in saying that there is no THC substance in there.”
Enge became the first Czech driver to compete in Formula One, taking part in the final three races of the 2001 campaign for Prost, the team later folding and leaving him without a seat for 2002.