Grubmuller set to miss Hungaroring
|By Peter Mills||Thursday, June 23rd 2011, 16:01 GMT|
P1 Motorsport's Walter Grubmuller has been diagnosed with a back injury that is set to rule him out of the next Formula Renault 3.5 round at the Hungaroring.
The Austrian is a major doubt for the July 2-3 event after sustaining the injury in a qualifying crash at the Nurburgring last Sunday.
The 22-year-old Austrian hit the back of a car that had missed the Veedol chicane and rejoined in his path. The P1 machine was launched into the air and suffered a heavy impact on landing.
A scan revealed that he had fractured his fourth vertebra in the accident, and while the recovery time for such an injury is unknown, a team statement said that it is likely to be a minimum of eight weeks before Grubmuller can return to the cockpit.
Team founder Roly Vincini said: "I wasn't in Germany, but it was a very heavy landing as it split the bottom of the car. I understand that Walter will be okay. He returned to Vienna after the race.
"I need to check with Walter to find out the latest, but at the moment it looks like he will miss Hungary."