Date: 18th June 2012 at 10:34am
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Former Formula One driver and now Sky Sports F1 commentator Anthony Davidson has suffered a broken back following a spectacular crash in the Le Mans 24 hour race.

Driving for Toyota, the 33-year-old British driver hit Piergiuseppe Perazzini’s Ferrari somersaulted in the air, before crashing back on to his wheels and then into the tyre barrier.

After the initial medical tests with the circuit’s medical staff, everything appeared to be fine with Davidson, but examinations at the local hospital revealed he had suffered breaks to his T11 and T12 vertebrae.

‘Anthony was taken to the hospital nearby for a precautionary check here at Le Mans, which then revealed two broken vertebrae in his back,’ a Toyota spokesman told Sky Sports.

‘He will remain in hospital here until Monday at which point we will find out more about the impact in the coming days.

‘The good news is that these are injuries he can recover from over a period of time and we will have to be patient and hopefully he can come back stronger than ever.’


It is thought that he can recover from his injuries in approximately three months time.

Davidson remained in high spirits in hospital tweeting: 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…