Renault’s injured truck driver released from hospital

Hungaroring, Budapest

Hungarian Grand Prix – Renault have announced that their injured truck driver from Monday’s motorway crash has been released from hospital.

Renault’s bad German Grand Prix weekend continued on into Monday when, en route to the Hungaroring in Budapest, a team truck was involved in a single vehicle road crash.

Images circulated on social media of the trailer dangling over the side of the road, with no sign of the tractor unit. Renault confirmed on Monday lunchtime that the incident, which happened on the M1 near Gyor in Hungary, had left the driver with minor injuries and that he was taken to hospital. No details were released regarding the circumstances or whether the equipment in the truck was damaged.

With the team turning up in Hungary on Wednesday, they have since issued an update on the truck crash. The driver, who had suffered only minor injuries, has been ‘making good progress’ and has been released from hospital and is on his way home to continue recovery.

“The goods transported were not damaged & our preparations for the #HungarianGP have not been affected.”

The team equipment inside the trailer was undamaged, and will be available for use throughout the Grand Prix weekend. The team statement says that Renault are now looking forward to concentrating on the race weekend.

It’s been a tumultuous week for the team, with the German Grand Prix proving disastrous with a double retirement. Daniel Ricciardo retired early from the race with what the team report as an exhaust issue, while Nico Hulkenberg crashed out in the stadium after being a strong podium contender.

In brighter news, the team also revealed that Alain Prost, who has been an adviser to the team for the last two years, has become a Director on the board of management of the Enstone based squad. The three time World Champion was announced via a Companies House document lodged in the UK.

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