Salom lucky to avoid fractures in first-corner crash
No trophy, no points, no good memories. A very painful, swollen right foot is the only souvenir Luis Salom takes back home after the Malaysian Grand Prix. A crash in the first corner of the Sepang circuit put an early end to the hopes and ambitions of RW Racing GP.
Salom had a poor start from fifth on the grid and entered the first corner in 18th position. “But I saw Johann Zarco had a bad start as well. He was just in front of me. I thought: ‘Good, I’m sticking with Zarco, then together we cut through the field to the front group’. But then suddenly I was in the gravel.”
The first one to crash was Joan Perello, who hit Jasper Iwema. The Dutchman took Salom with him. Saloms right foot was painful immediately and he had to be taken to the medical center. Iwema was suffering from a painful foot as well.
At the medical center several x-rays were taken of the foot of Salom but they showed no fractures. “That’s the good news, I guess. It is heavily bruised, the doctor says. But it hurts a lot and I can barely stand on that foot. When I’m back home in Mallorca, tomorrow, I will have x-rays taken again to be sure. All I can do now is hope that I will be fit for the last race of the season, in Valencia, in two weeks. I don’t want to miss that race.”
Soruce: RW Racing GP