No serious injury for Petrov after Monaco crash 29 May 2011
Renault's Vitaly Petrov has escaped serious injury after crashing during Sunday's Monaco race. Petrov was caught up in a collision between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari on lap 69 and slammed into the barriers at the Swimming Pool prompting a safety car.
After the Russian complained about pain in his left ankle whilst still in his car, the race was suspended as an ambulance came out on track. Petrov was carefully extricated under medical supervision and driven to the nearby Princess Grace Hospital for further checks, which confirmed no swelling or broken bones.
Petrov then underwent a precautionary full body scan which showed no unexpected problems.
First of all, I would like to thank all my fans for all their well wishes, the medical teams at the circuit, the hospital for their efficient and friendly assistance, and the team for their concern, said Petrov. It was quite a big impact and I could not feel my legs very well after the crash. I thought it was best for the medical team to assist with removing me from the car as it was difficult for me to move and my legs were trapped in the cockpit.
I did not lose consciousness but I was in quite a lot of pain when I was inside the car. Im now looking forward to Montreal. We need to sort out our problems in qualifying and we will get some good results, as our race pace is usually very good.
Renault expect Petrov to be back in the paddock in a few hours' time.