Frenchman Théo Pourchaire was struck by Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi at the start of the Formula 2 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix race in Jeddah on Sunday.
The pilots were evacuated by ambulance to the circuit medical center from where a medical helicopter took off afterwards, noted an AFP journalist.
The Frenchman, who could still dream of the world champion title before the race, was in third row at the start.
But his car stalled when the lights went out and the Brazilian, son of former Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, couldn't avoid it.
The two conscious pilots
"The pilots were immediately taken care of by emergency and medical teams," it said in a statement.
They “were aware and were extricated by the medical teams present.
They were transferred by ambulance and helicopter to King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah ”.
A little earlier, Canal + had indicated that Pourchaire had left his car consciously and that he had removed his helmet himself.
The race was immediately interrupted, to start again forty minutes later, then to stop definitively and prematurely after another minor accident and a new red flag.
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