Proof as if it was ever needed that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway punishes small mistakes in a big way
Despite all his success in America, Sebastien Bourdais has never really managed to get a decent result at the Indy 500.
Things were looking pretty good for him this year though, as he set the fastest time in practice in the run up to qualifying. Then in qualifying itself he was setting another string of blistering laps and was on course to comfortably go fastest when he lost control in turn two and suffered a horrific crash.
There are no small accidents at Indianapolis, and even the tiniest correction of a slide can send a car towards the SAFER barriers, which is unfortunately what happened to Sebastien.
Understandably the session was red-flagged so safety crews could attend to Bourdais. A statement from IndyCar after the crash said that he was alert and awake and never lost consciousness, although he has been taken to a local hospital for checks.
Further updates on his condition will follow…