David Saelens' participation in future rounds of this season's F3000 and DTM championships has been thrown into doubt by the latest medical report to follow his accident at Silverstone yesterday.

The Belgian crashed out of the second qualifying session for the British Grand Prix support race, and was taken to Northampton General Hospital overnight for observation. Subsequent examinations of his injured back have highlighted a small fracture to the ninth vertebrae, albeit without nerve damage, which is likely to keep him out of action for some time.

Saelens also suffered damage to the scapho/lunate ligament in his wrist which will require surgery. His arm will be immobilized and the European Minardi F3000, and Team Rosberg DTM, driver is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks.