Sebastien Bourdais suffers multiple fractures in crash during Indy 500 qualifying
Ex-F1 driver operated on IU Health Methodist Hospital on Saturday night
By William Esler
Last Updated: 21/05/17 7:02pm
Sebastien Bourdais suffered "multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip" after a horror crash during qualifying for the Indy 500.
The former Toro Rosso driver was on course for a spot in Sunday's "Fast 9 Shootout" when he lost control of his car at Turn Two on the third of his four-lap qualifying run.
The Dale Coyne Racing driver was travelling in excess of 200mph at the time and made hard contact with the wall before rolling and eventually coming to a halt on the back straight.
The Frenchman underwent surgey in Indianapolis on Saturday night.
A statement from IndyCar read:
'Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais underwent successful surgery Saturday night for pelvic injuries he sustained while attempting to qualify for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
'The Dale Coyne Racing driver sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip in the incident Saturday.
'"Surgery went well," INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said. "I've met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected."
'Additional updates on Bourdais' condition will be released when available.'