Two W Series drivers are receiving treatment in hospital after a serious accident in qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday.
Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser were taken to receive extra medical treatment after a multiple-car high-speed impact as the grid was set for the W Series racing this weekend.
Belen Garcia, Fabienne Wohlwend, Abbie Eaton and Sarah Moore were the other drivers involved, and they are also undergoing medical checks at the circuit after the huge impact on Friday afternoon.
Running on dry tyres while a rain shower started, six drivers lost grip at Eau Rouge and went straight up towards the barriers at Raidillon and seemingly collided with each other in a huge accident.
Medical crews headed straight to the scene and the TV coverage of qualifying did not show a replay of the accident, with all six drivers tended to as quickly as possible on the fastest part of the circuit.
A statement from W Series said: “All drivers involved in the incident are undergoing medical assessment and two of the drivers – Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser – have been transferred to hospital for further checks.”
All drivers involved in the incident are undergoing medical assessment and two of the drivers – Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser – have been transferred to hospital for further checks.
More updates to follow.
— W Series (@WSeriesRacing) August 27, 2021
The session was red-flagged and halted for half an hour, before getting underway again for the remaining part of qualifying, with Jamie Chadwick eventually beating title rival Alice Powell to pole position – although this result was secondary to the welfare of the drivers involved in the crash.
The Eau Rouge and Raidillon complex in its current form has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, even more so after the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert during a Formula 2 race in 2019.
Lewis Hamilton commented after free practice in Formula 1 on Friday that Eau Rouge has been “ruined” as a corner, by the emergence of what a “massive bump” at the bottom of the hill, which is right at the compression point of where the car goes uphill – which could throw cars off balance, and Hamilton feels that may have emerged after the circuit flooded and experienced a huge mudslide earlier in the year.
Further updates on the condition of both Agren and Visser are expected to be released in due course.
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