Davidson breaks back in Le Mans smash

F1 television pundit and former Super Aguri driver Anthony Davidson is in hospital after a huge airborne crash during the Le Mans 24 hour race.

The 33 year old was involved in a smash whilst at the wheel of his Toyota hybrid prototype sports car after an attempt to overtake the Ferrari of Piergiuseppe Perazzini on the entry to the corner at the end of the Mulsanne straight. Davidson’s car was launched into the air before smashing into the barriers. Perazzini’s LMPGTE Ferrari also hit the barriers before flipping onto it’s roof.

Toyota initially released a statement saying “Doctors at the circuit have confirmed that Anthony is suffering from shock and back pain, however there are no signs of any injuries and he is walking and talking with no problems.”

However after Davidson had been taken to a local hospital for some checks, it emerged that the Brit had suffered breaks to his T11 and T12 vertebrae. It is understood that it will take around three months for the breaks to heal.

Davidson later tweeted from his hospital bed, “Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn’t what I had in mind at this stage in the race…”