BCN Competicion driver Alessandro Piccolo could be out for the rest of the season, following a huge crash today [Friday] at Monaco during qualifying for Sunday's FIA F3000 race.

Piccolo injured his vertebra in the incident and will be kept in hospital tonight for observation.

Jaime Pintanel, Manager General at BCN, commented: "Alessandro had a big crash at The Casino corner but his health is good although the season is finished for him.

"It's a pity this happened because considering both drivers do not known the circuit things were going quite well. Will [Langhorne] can do better tomorrow, his set-up was right and we hope he can pull of a surprise result. Anything is possible at Monaco."

Team-mate Langhorne qualified 17th, but with Piccolo now out, will effectively line-up 16th on the grid. He missed most of the session though after clipping the barriers at the start.

"It was a short session for me," said Langhorne, who has never raced a Monaco before and who is making his F3000 debut this weekend, "Unfortunately, after my crash at the start my session was finished. The car not badly damaged, but it was enough to stop me taking part in the session again. Monte Carlo though is a fantastic circuit and although my grid position is not very good, I hope I can have a good race tomorrow."

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