Ralf Taken to Hospital after Crash

Ralf Schumacher was taken to hospital following his high-speed crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday after concerns developed over his eyesight

Ralf Taken to Hospital after Crash

The German driver, who was pitched into a wild spin by a suspected tyre failure, walked away from the accident, which happened at the same place he suffered a backbreaking crash last year.

But after a check-up in the circuit medical centre he was taken to a downtown Indianapolis hospital for a check-up and the team remained unsure whether he would return for the rest of the day.

A spokesperson for Toyota said: "Ralf is okay. He went to the medical centre but asked to go to hospital to double check his eye. He complained of some dirt in it.

"His eye is now being fully checked to see if everything is 100 percent okay, but otherwise he suffered no problems after the accident."

Following an investigation into the crash one insider said: "There looked to be some cracks on the tyre edge and we think the heavy loads in that corner caused a failure."

Michelin boss Pierre Dupasquier was unsure whether a fault with the tyre was the reason and said that the company's engineers may not find the cause until before Saturday morning.

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