Aussie racing driver Mark Webber found himself in hospital yesterday with a cracking headache, but very little idea of how we wound up there.
Competing in this week’s final round of the World Endurance Championship at Interlagos, Webber is understood to have lost control of his Porsche 919 Hybrid race car, colliding with another car before hitting barriers either side of the track.
The collisions destroyed his car and saw both pilots taken to a local hospital, Webber on a stretcher but conscious and waving assurance to the crowd and concerned team members.
Speaking today, Webber said that, thanks to emergency workers at the track and staff at the hospital, his injuries appear limited to a “stinking headache” and a patchwork of bruises.
As for the incident itself, Webber has been unable to shed any light on the the events leading up to his impact with Ferrari driver Matteo Cressoni.
"I've got no recollection of the accident or how it happened - the team is looking into the details to find out more,” Webber said.
He added that it was only the "correct angle of impact" that saved him when the rear of his racer was destroyed but the driver cell was kept intact.
Yesterday, Webber’s co-driver Timo Bernhard said that he had himself experienced overwhelming heat in the car and a loss of power.
“The heat was also really tough. My second stint later in the race wasn’t as satisfying, because by then our car didn’t have its full power anymore. However, this isn’t important anymore. All what counts is that Mark is okay,” Bernhard said.