Positive news for W Series drivers in Spa crash
Saturday 28th August, 2021 - 8:44am
There have been positive updates for the two drivers hospitalised after a shocking crash in W Series Qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser were both transferred to hospital for further checks after a seven-car incident at Spa Francorchamps’ Raidillon, which has been the scene of a number of horrifying crashes in recent years.
W Series has now advised, via its social media channels, simply that “Ayla Agren has been discharged from hospital”.
Visser was said to be awaiting the results of an x-ray on her leg, but the Dutch driver has now herself taken to Twitter to advise that she has escaped without breaking any bones.
“Thank you all for your messages [Heart],” she wrote.
“That was a very scary one but I think I had an angel on my shoulder, I’m very sore but luckily I have no fractures.”
Thank you all for your messages❤️ that was a very scary one but I think I had an angel on my shoulder, I’m very sore but luckily I have no fractures🙏 pic.twitter.com/j2AyJzav80
— Beitske Visser (@beitskevisser) August 27, 2021
Raidillon was where Anthoine Hubert sustained fatal injuries in a Formula 2 crash in 2019, and was also the scene also of a multi-car crash in the 24 Hours of Spa earlier this month.
Revisions to the circuit are set to be made as part of a broader upgrade next year, but the latest incident at the Eau Rouge-Raidillon complex have triggered calls for change.
Lewis Hamilton noted the development of a bump in the compression at Eau Rouge which he says has “ruined” the corner, while several potential Formula 1 drivers voiced their concerns about that uphill section of the Belgian circuit.
In W Series Qualifying, Jamie Chadwick took pole while Australian Caitlin Wood, in her second appearance of the season, claimed fourth on the grid for Saturday’s 30-minute race.