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F1 2023

Sainz suffers broken vertebrae following Dakar crash

Carlos Sainz Sr has revealed he has suffered multiple broken bones after a heavy accident at the Dakar Rally.

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Carlos Sainz Sr has suffered multiple vertebrae fractures following his accident on the Dakar Rally.

The two-time World Rally champion suffered a heavy accident early into stage nine of the Dakar, flipping his Audi machine which landed on the nose and then the roof.

He was medevaced by helicopter, but after feeling better asked the pilot to turn around and return him to the event - being held in Saudi Arabia.

However, the damage sustained was so severe that his car was retired from the event - one he has won four times, in 2008, 2010, 2018 and 2020.

Taking to Twitter after his return home to Spain, the father of Ferrari F1 racer Carlos Sainz Jr revealed he has broken the T5 and T6 vertebrae in his back.

"On my return to Madrid from the Dakar Rally, the back pain I suffered after the incident of this year’s event persisted longer than usual," he wrote.

"Following medical advice, I underwent further checks to assess in detail the extent of the injury.

"Unfortunately, the results haven’t brought good news because I fractured the T5 and T6 vertebrae.

"The good thing is that both vertebrae are stable and from this day on my priority will be to recover as soon as possible."

These vertebrae are located in the upper spine, just below the shoulder blades, with recovery time usually in the months.

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