Lotus racer Matthieu Vaxivière may be forced to miss out much of the remaining Formula Renault 3.5 season following an injury sustained during the third round at Monaco.
An incident on the opening lap, unseen by the television director, forced the Frenchman pulled into the pits, where he was thereafter treated for a fractured T5 vertebra.
It has not yet been disclosed how long Vaxivière will be in recovery, but the nature of the injury indicates that it may be some time before the 19-year-old will be fully fit to compete again.
A former French Formula 4 champion, Vaxivière also debuted in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, during which he had a full-season deal with the Prospeed Porsche squad, driving a 911 GT3 entry in the GTE-Am category with François Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard.
The Motorsport Archive wishes Matthieu a speedy recovery.