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Rigon set to return home after successful op

Following an operation to insert 21 pins into his leg to stabilise multiple fractures to his tibia and fibula, Davide Rigon is set to return home from Istanbul to Italy at the weekend.
Davide Rigon's surgery for multiple fractures to the tibia and fibula of his left leg has been declared a success.

"The surgery went very well," said Rigon's manager John Minardi. "David should go back to Italy this weekend."

It took three and a half hours on Monday to stabilise the compound fracture, which involved inserting 21 pins into the damaged areas. That underlines the severity of the damage done to Rigon's leg when suspension components were driven into the driver safety cell by the force of the impact of Rigon's car against the pit wall.

Rigon sustained the injuries during a crash five laps before the end of the GP2 European series sprint race at Istanbul Park, Turkey on Sunday. Although he initially appeared to stand up in the cockpit after the accident, he immediately sat back down again and signalled for assistance, and the safety car came out for a lengthy period while medics - including those from the Ferrari F1 team - attended the scene.

The surgical team undertaking the delicate stabilisation and reconstruction procedure was led by Professor Semih Takka at the Anadolu Medical Center, Turkey. Rigon is now recuperating at the hospital before hopefully being allowed to leave Istanbul and return to his home in Vicenzo, northern Italy at the weekend.

Doctors are still cautious about the outlook for the 25-year-old Italian, and Rigon's manager John Minardi says it will still be some time before there will be a clear picture on how long the recovery and rehabilitation process will take.

However, it's thought that Rigon could be out of racing for at least six months while he recuperates.

Rigon, who signed up for Coloni just days before the ill-fated opening round of the GP2 series at Turkey, is also a test and development driver for Ferrari, and the team's doctors and medical team were immediately in attendance at the accident on Sunday. Minardi singled out the Ferrari personnel for praise and for thanks on behalf of Rigon.

"It's a real shame that Davide's racing season has started like this,” said Ferrari F1 team principal Stefano Domenicali in response. "He's a great lad who was doing a valuable job for us on the simulator and on behalf of everyone in the Scuderia, I wish him a speedy recovery: forza Davide. And let's see you back on track soon!"

"He was doing precious work for us in the simulator," agreed Ferrari's Grand Prix driver Fernando Alonso. "I'm very sorry for him and we hope that he recovers soon."

The accident happened after Rigon was spun on the main straight by Rapax driver Julian Leal, who has since been handed a ten grid position penalty for the next GP2 event (the Barcelona feature race that will take place in two weeks) after race officials judged him to have caused an avoidable accident.

It's understandably still too early for Coloni to have made any announcements over what they intend to do regarding replacing Rigon for the next GP2 event.



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Davide Rigon driving for Scuderia Coloni at the GP2 Series Testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday 20 April 2011. [Picture Credit World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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Julian Leal (ITA) climbs out of his shattered Rapax car while in the background Davide Rigon (ITA) attempts to stand in his damaged Coloni before realising the extent of his injuries, as race stewards scramble the safety car and dispatch medical teams. 2011 GP2 series round 1 sprint race - Istanbul Park, Istanbul Turkey - Sunday 8th May. [Picture credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service]
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Carlin`s Julian Leal at Spa in Friday practice. August 22, 2014. (Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) during practice at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), takes the flag to win at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates in parc fermé at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates in parc fermé at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Thursday 17 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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