Briscoe Taken to Hospital for Precautionary Checks

Australian Ryan Briscoe has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks after a heavy accident during today's practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Briscoe Taken to Hospital for Precautionary Checks

Australian Ryan Briscoe has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks after a heavy accident during today's practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Toyota test driver Briscoe, driving in only his second Grand Prix, did not enjoy such a fruitful day after crashing at the infamous Eau Rouge corner. He lost control of his car heading into the 290kph corner, lost two wheels and came to rest at the side of the track after colliding with the tyre barriers.

The rookie, classified as the 19th quickest driver in the second session, walked away from the crash without any serious injury, giving the thumbs up to the crowd as he left his mangled car.

The team said that a puncture had been to blame for the accident.

"An eventful first day for Toyota," said the team's technical director Mike Gascoyne. "Most importantly, Ryan is fine following his accident. He was taken to hospital for a precautionary scan on his arm, but everything appears okay.

"We saw from the data once we got the car back that his car had picked up a tyre puncture, which caused him to spin. It was unfortunate because Ryan had been running particularly well and consistently throughout the day. We had no problems on the other two cars and we were able to make the tyre choice very early."

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