Webber saved by angle of impact

Published: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Mark Webber has said he is a “lucky boy” following his frightening high-speed crash in Brazil, believing the angle of impact saved him from more serious injury.

The former Formula One driver was taken to a local hospital in Sao Paulo for observation after sustaining bruising and concussion from the smash in the six-hour World Endurance Championship event at Interlagos.

Towards the end of the race the 38-year-old Australian lost control of his Porsche and suffered a huge impact into a barrier, which also accounted for Ferrari’s Matteo Cressoni.

Webber’s car was ripped apart in the incident after smashing side-on into the barrier before rolling across the track, hitting the other wall, and then slowly stopping with flames coming from the wreck.

A relieved Webber, who gave the thumbs up as he was taken away on a stretcher following the crash, Tweeted: “Yesterday I was a lucky boy. The correct angle of impact saved me. Thanks everybody for your incredible messages and support. #recovering.”

Webber had earlier said he was on the mend – but had no idea what had happened regarding the incident.

The 12-year Formula One veteran, who quit the sport at the end of last season to take up sports cars, said on his website: ”I’m quite sore, am pretty bruised and have a stinking headache.

”I’ve no recollection of the accident or how it happened. The team is looking into the details to find out more.

”Thanks to the medical team at the track and here at the hospital who did a great job and are looking after me very well.”

Published: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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