Muller, Tarquini released from hospital

World Touring Car Championship rivals Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller have both been released from hospital following a huge accident in the final qualifying session for this weekend's season finale at Macau

Muller, Tarquini released from hospital

The factory SEAT team-mates were separated by just two points heading into the title-deciding races this weekend, but both crashed out in the Q2 shoot-out of a frantic qualifying session.

Muller lost control of his Leon TDi on cement dust that had been laid following an accident in the earlier Q1 session involving Stefano D'Aste and James Thompson. Tarquini arrived on the scene and, unsighted by the cloud of dust, slammed into his team-mates car and was himself hit by Alain Menu's Chevrolet.

Muller was extricated from his car and taken to hospital wearing an oxygen mask after inhaling fumes when his fire extinguisher deployed, but he waved to signal that he was okay from the back of the ambulance. Tarquini was also taken to hospital for checks after the substantial front-on impact.

James Thompson was also taken to hospital for a check-up after complaining of feeling unwell following his accident in Q1. Stefano D'Aste had spun and abandoned his BMW at Faraway Bend, where it was to be left until the end of the session. But 15 minutes later, Thompson got out of shape approaching the corner and smashed head-on into the side of D'Aste's car.

All three drivers were released from hospital on Friday evening and will have to pass medical tests tomorrow afternoon before being cleared for Sunday's races.

Muller and Tarquini will start Sunday's first race seventh and eighth respectively after failing to set times in Q2, along with Menu, while Rickard Rydell will start 10th after missing the Q2 session due to damaging his car in a separate accident at the end of Q1.

BMW's Augusto Farfus is 13 points behind Tarquini and 11 behind Muller, but will start race one from third behind team-mate Andy Priaulx and pole-sitter Rob Huff.

shares
comments
Huff grabs pole as title rivals collide
Previous article

Huff grabs pole as title rivals collide

Next article

Muller, Tarquini cleared to race

Muller, Tarquini cleared to race
Load comments
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014