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Coletti sustains back injuries in Spa crash

Trident Racing's Stefano Coletti has been hospitalised after a crash midway through the Spa-Francorchamps feature race that saw his car launched into the air.
Stefano Coletti has been ruled out of competition for the remainder of the 2011 GP2 season after sustaining back injuries in a crash at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Monaco-born Trident driver was running behind Mikhail Aleshin on lap 15 of the feature race when the heavens opened. With the amount of water spray being thrown up into the air behind Aleshin, Coletti could not see when the Carlin's engine went into safety mode and dramatically slowed on the run down to Pouhon.

As a result, Coletti was unable to brake in time. His car ran straight into the back of the #25 and was launched into the air by the collision, landing heavily and at an awkward angle. While the Carlin suffered the more apparent bodywork damage, it was Coletti who came off the worst out of the two drivers, as the impact from the landing resulting in two vertebral compression fractures.

Coletti was unable to extricate himself from the car without assistance and the medical safety crew had to take great care in removing him, resulting in the race spending a lengthy eight laps behind the safety car as driver well being was rightly put first and foremost.

Once moved to the ambulance, Coletti was taken to a nearby hospital in Liege for evaluation and treatment where the fractures were diagnosed.

Back fractures often result in lengthy spells out of the cockpit to ensure that the injury is fully healed and not likely to be exacerbated by the inevitable shaking and jolting from motor racing. In the IndyCar series in the US, British driver Justin Wilson recently suffered an anterior compression fracture of his fifth thoracic vertebrae in practice and was ruled out of racing for at least three months.

In GP2, both Jules Bianchi and Ho-Pin Tung suffered similar injuries after being launched off the ground in accidents during the 2010 season.



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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.)
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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.)
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Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates in Parc Ferme after victory in the feature race at  Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 6 September 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Tom Dillmann (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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