Carlos Sainz has been cleared to race in the Russian Grand Prix after it was determined he is fit enough to make the start following his accident in third free practice.

The Spaniard lost control of his Toro Rosso under braking for turn 13 - which is preceded by one of the fastest points of the Sochi Autodrom -, struck the inside wall before spearing nose-first into the barrier at speed.

Though the severity of the high-speed accident, which occurred at 300kph, appeared to be amplified by the car scooping up the TecPro barriers and piercing the Armco beyond them, Sainz himself was simply trapped in the car, rather than hurt.

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Taken to hospital as a precaution, Sainz was originally set to spend the night there but was discharged early with a view to taking the start.

As a result, a medical check on the morning of the race has gone in his favour and he will be able to take the start.

"Following this morning's FIA note to the Media in which Carlos Sainz was declared fit to race, Scuderia Toro Rosso is happy to confirm that Carlos will take part in today's 2015 Russian Grand Prix here in Sochi."