TOO SOON? Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz jnr has been given the all-clear to race in the Russian GP, despite being involved in a 300km/h crash during third practice a day earlier. Image: AFP/ Andrej Isakovic
Sochi, Russia - Carlos Sainz has been given the all-clear to race in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix just a day after being hospitalized after a big crash during practice.
The 21-year-old Spaniard was airlifted to a nearby hospital after he lost control of his Toro Rosso on the approach to the fastest section of the circuit.
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Sainz collided into the nearside wall, destroying the front left of his car, before careering head-on into the tyre barrier at turn 13.
The Spaniard was expected to stay in hospital overnight, but he was released late on Saturday evening.
Sainz went to the circuit medical centre on Sunday morning for further checks and a final examination.
The Torro Rosso car has been repaired and Sainz will be allowed to start from the back of the grid or the pit lane, depending on the stewards' final decision before the race.
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The FIA statement read: "In accordance with normal procedures, Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was this morning examined by the FIA Medical Delegate and Chief Medical Officer at the Sochi Circuit Medical Centre.
"Following this examination the driver has been declared fit to race in today's Russian Grand Prix."