Kazuki Nakajima has been diagnosed with a fractured vertebra following his accident during FP1 for the second round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Japanese driver, this year piloting the #1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid alongside defending champions Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, swerved to avoid another car on the Kemmel Straight in treacherous weather conditions during FP1 but would instead strike the rear of Oliver Jarvis' #8 Audi at Les Combes.

Taken to the medical centre, former F1 driver Nakajima was transferred to the hospital where further checks confirmed he has suffered a fracture to his vertebra.

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Putting him out of the Spa weekend and potentially putting him in doubt for the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours in June, Nakajima

"First of all I want to say thanks to the race director Eduardo Freitas and his safety crew at the circuit as well as the doctors at the hospital here in Verviers who have taken great care of me. Everyone has been extremely professional and I know I am in safe hands.

" Unfortunately the x-ray shows a fracture in one of my vertebra. It's unbelievably disappointing but there's nothing I can do now; I will just focus on coming back as soon as possible. There's not much I can say about the accident. I was on the straight and suddenly through the spray there was a car right in front of me; I had no time to react."

With damage to the monocoque, the #1 machine sat out the equally wet second free practice session, though Buemi and Davidson are likely to rejoin the action on Friday.