Esteban Gutierrez of Sauber was involved in a horrifying crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, flipped through the air after being clipped by Pastor Maldonado's Lotus:
Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez crashes ahead of Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado during the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix pic.twitter.com/9MoyOsLwx3— AFP Sport (@AFP_Sport) April 7, 2014
But astonishingly the Mexican was unharmed during the incident, and only a day later was able to tweet that he was fine and looking forward to the next race:
Thanks a lot for all of your attentions, the most important thing is that I'm well & ready for the next one!! We keep pushing!! All the best— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) April 7, 2014
The indications had been that he had escaped the incident unharmed, but nonetheless it is astonishing.
While Formula 1 is a high-risk, full-speed sport and the dangers are obvious, there has been no fatality in the sport for almost 20 years, since Ayrton Senna lost his life at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
It is a testament to the way the sport has worked on safety that a driver can emerge from incidents such as this and his focus simply be on the next race.