Carlos Sainz has confirmed he is unhurt following his high-speed accident during third free practice for the Russian Grand Prix and has reiterated his desire to race in Russia.

The rookie suffered an off coming into turn 13 - which is preceded by one of the fastest points on the circuit -, with his Toro Rosso crashing at 300kph and coming to rest deep into the softer Tec-Pro barriers nose-first.

Airlifted to the local Sochi hospital after a lengthy extrication process, though Sainz was originally set to be kept in overnight as a precaution, he has now been released, while FIA stewards have cleared him to race provisionally, pending another medical check on the morning of the race.

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Indeed, the Spaniard says he feels ready to race, but will accept the decision of the medical staff in the interests of being cautious.

"I am fine," he said. "My back and my neck are just a bit sore from the accident, but I'm totally ready. Hopefully tomorrow I will wake up in a good shape and maybe I can try and race - this is definitely the intention! Obviously we need to be cautious... I've always been conscious.

"As soon as the accident happened I tried to talk to the team on the radio, but it wasn't working and those must have been some scary moments... I'd like to thank everyone for their support, it's really nice to receive all your messages at a moment like this one! I hope to see you all tomorrow out there!"