Yesterday, while the world and his dog was tearing Michael Schumacher apart following his Hungaroring antics with Rubens Barrichello, Chris Van der Drift was involved in a similar accident at Brands Hatch in the second heat of the Superleague Formula event.
The Kiwi was battling with AS Roma driver Julien Jousse clipped the right rear on the straight following Surtees Bend and was thrown clean into the air. Whereas Barrichello was very lucky in his fight against Schumacher, Van der Drift showed what could have happened should Schumacher’s tactics have gone wrong as the Olympiacos driver took to the air and clattered part of the bridge just prior to Pilgrims Drop, ripping his chassis apart in the process.
Van der Drift was lucky to come away with his life, but he did suffer a broken (in two places), broken ribs, broken fingers and a cracked and dislocated shoulder.
I wish Chris all the best for a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on track soon.
**Before I forget, my best wishes to both Jules Bianchi and Ho-Pin Tung following their accident together on Saturday afternoon at the Hungaroring. In the opening stages, a spinning Bianchi in his ART Grand Prix machine was hit head on by the DAMS car of Tung, eliminating both on the spot; an accident that also collected the innocent Rodolfo Gonzalez in the aftermath.
Tung, I believe may be out for Belgium at least, whereas Bianchi could be out for the rest of the season.