Formula 3 Driver Injured After Frightening Crash At Monza

Formula 3 driver Alexander Peroni was been lucky to survive a frightening crash during the Italian Grand Prix over the weekend at Monza.

The 19-year-old Australian racing driver ran wide at the circuit’s final corner, Parabolica, when he ran across a curb at high speed. The impact sent Peroni’s Campos Racing car flying into the air where it flipped and span multiple times before falling onto the edge of the tire wall and fence on the side of the circuit.

Slow-motion footage shows the cockpit of the racer taking the brunt of the impact and the team has credited the halo as saving the racer’s life. The car ultimately came to a rest on the fence and the Safety Car was called in to slow down the race.

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Peroni gingerly walked from the car and hopped into the medical car where he was taken back to the pitlane. He was then transported to hospital where it was discovered his D6 vertebra had suffered multiple fractures. Peroni also sustained a concussion.

“His helmet and the HANS (Head And Neck Support) device that goes around the neck and the car’s halo, they’ve obviously saved his life, it could have been far worse accident,” Peroni’s manager told ABC News.

“Alex’s life was saved by the halo, his helmet and the robust modern survival cell,” the Campos Racing team added. “Alex is currently in hospital and he has been immobilized until further scans are performed on his back on Sunday. His D6 vertebra has multiple fractures and the medical staff will decide tomorrow if it’s necessary to operate. Alex is also recovering from a concussion, with his helmet extensively damaged.”

Due to that incident, the curb was removed before the F1 Grand Prix.

 

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Saw the race live, that was a heck of a flip.

  • Owen Hamilton

    He was extremely lucky to survive that crash. If it had been an F1 car going so much faster it would have flown a lot further, over the fence probably.

  • DMJ

    I don’t believe how it’s possible for a circuit that has a F1 racing to have a curb like that. And it should be properly inspected by FIA too, but they care more about money.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      That curb is put down there by the FIA to stop cars from abusing track limits.
      The grass will probably make its way back to parabolica in some way next year.

      • Bob

        What? I don’t know much but one would think that a curb that flings race cars into the stratosphere may not be the right way to stop the abuse of track limits.

        • Vassilis

          Yeah well, the FIA thought otherwise… They removed it after the incident.

      • DMJ

        By FIA? By a drunk intern or what?

  • Harry_Wild

    Curbs are very dangerous! I would just make a 5 feet high collapsable barrier so the car just hit it and not go flying up in the air!

  • db

    After the accident it was report the FAA contacted Italian Grand Prix handlers demanding that if drivers are going to start invading their airspace, they are tested for a pilot’s license.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Damn…super high quality GIF!!!

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