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Dillmann to miss season finale after crash

Tom Dillmann will not take part in the final GP2 race of the season, following his lap 1 crash with Jon Lancaster in Saturday afternoon's feature race.
Russian Time driver Tom Dillmann will not take part in the final race of the season on Sunday afternoon, after being ruled unfit to participate in the last sprint race of 2013 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Dillmann was lucky to escape without serious injury after Jon Lancaster bounced over the kerbs at the first chicane at turn 6 and hit the side of Dillmann's car, running right up the side so that the front wing of the Hilmer Motorsport's front wing made contact with and finally came to rest pressing down on Dillmann's helmet.

While Dillmann was quickly out of the car without assistance once Lancaster's car was pulled clear while the race was put behind a safety car, he was still ordered to hospital for medical evaluation which determined that he has a neck injury ruling him out of further competition this weekend.

"I'm back in the paddock, I really didn't imagine to spend my afternoon at the hospital! Lucky to escape that one with little injury," he tweeted later in the evening.

"I definitely won't race tomorrow but my aim is to be ready of the tests. Thank you for your messages," he added. "Most annoying is to end up the season that way for the team and for myself. We deserved better. Keep pushing!!"

However, Dillmann's hopes of turning out in next week's post-season three-day test in Abu Dhabi proved overly optimistic, with the driver later tweeting: "Final decision by the FIA doctors is that I will be out for a few weeks. I will be back stronger."

Dillmann's absence from Russian Time's line-up for Sunday's season finale almost certainly hands the team championship title to Carlin, which took the lead in the points after Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr both finished in the points for the team.

As a result of causing the original collision with Dillmann's car, Lancaster was handed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's sprint race by the race stewards which will mean that he will start from the back row of the grid.

Joining him there will be Arden's Mitch Evans, who triggered the second safety car of the feature race later in the proceedings with an attempt to pass Sergio Canamasas at the final corner at the end of lap 22. The collision spun Canamasas around and left the Caterham broadside across the track.




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Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) during practice in Hungary. Friday July 26 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
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