Simo Laaksonen has escaped serious injury after his high-speed crash at the Blanchimont corner during the second FIA Formula 3 race at Spa.
Laaksonen went off while battling Campos Racing's Alex Peroni, and his car was left buried deep underneath the tyre wall at the exit of the rapid Blanchimont left-hander on lap three.
The race was placed under safety car conditions for six laps while safety crews worked to get Laaksonen's MP Motorsport-run car free from the barrier.
He was then taken to the Spa circuit's medical centre before being released. He reported that he just felt slight back pain after the incident.
"Suddenly I lost the car, I think I got a puncture - I couldn't keep the car on track and hit the wall," Laaksonen told Autosport.
"Everything is OK after the checks, a bit of back muscles pain, no injuries. In the end everything is OK. I think the halo saved quite a lot.
"I dived under the tyres and after the hit I felt the tyres pressing my helmet down, so the halo saved a lot by covering my head."