Gustavo Menezes has recalled his spectacular shunt at Spa-Francorchamps in the FIA European Formula 3 championship and admits he felt very lucky to walk away from the crash and thanked race marshals and medical staff.

The Euro F3 series has come under heavy criticism this year after a high number of heavy crashes and the majority of races have been interrupted by a safety car period to clear up the collisions.

At Monza, the drivers were called for a strict briefing after a bout of incidents in race two but it didn't have the intended effect as race three had to be red flagged due to dangerous driving.

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With FIA President Jean Todt present at Spa, it was hoped two weeks on the drivers would refrain from taking such risks but once again the whole race weekend was marred by accidents. Experienced Euro F3 driver Felix Rosenqvist claims he doesn't trust his rivals after being run off the road in all three races.

In a separate incident during race two at Spa, Menezes and Brandon Maisano clashed on the high-speed straight between Eau Rouge and Les Combes, which sent the American airbourne and into a terrifying crash.

Recounting the incident, Menezes says he couldn't believe how quickly it all happened and felt he was powerless in the cockpit of his Jagonya Ayam Carlin machine.

"After I'd passed Boccolacci for fifth, I carefully lined up Maisano," Menezes explained. "I set my fastest first sector of the race and got an almighty tow going through Eau Rouge. I went to the inside as I'd done the previous lap with Dorian, but Brandon moved to block and I don't think he can have realised exactly where I was because he continued to come across even once I was pulling alongside and his rear tyre clipped my front.

"Suddenly, out of nowhere, my car just lifted off and the next thing I knew, I was staring at the sky. I couldn't actually believe what was happening. I hit the guardrail, and because the roll hoop broke, my head was dragging along the ground and practically holding the car up!"

Race marshals and medical crews were instantly on the scene and righted Menezes' car to get the driver safely out. Despite being taken to the medical centre for thorough checks the American walked away with just a swollen and bruised knees.

"I'm very grateful that Schuberth make such strong helmets as it absorbed the entire impact and the quick reactions of the marshals and safety of these F3 cars meant there was no lasting damage," he said. "I want to say a big 'thank you' to all the marshals and medical crews at the track for looking after me so well.

"I know I was a lucky boy and I have no desire to have another accident like that in a hurry. It was quite funny, though, because afterwards, people were calling me 'indestructible' and 'Man of Steel' on Twitter."