After being seriously injured in a crash at the Dakar Rally, Carlos Sainz Sr. has stated that he has several shattered bones.
After his collision during the Dakar Rally, Carlos Sainz Sr. sustained several vertebral fractures.
Early in stage nine of the Dakar, the two-time World Rally winner had a serious crash, turning his Audi vehicle, which landed on the nose and then the roof.
He was medically evacuated by helicopter, but when he recovered, he requested that the pilot bring him back to the Saudi Arabia-based event.
But the extent of the damage meant that his car had to be removed from the competition, which he had previously won four times, in 2008, 2010, 2018, and 2020.
The father of Ferrari F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr. posted on Twitter that he had broken his T5 and T6 vertebrae. He had returned home to Spain.
He added, “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
“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.”
The recuperation period for these vertebrae, which are located in the upper spine slightly beyond the shoulder blades, is often several months.
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