Daniel Ricciardo taken to hospital after Dutch GP practice crash

Daniel Ricciardo has been taken to hospital with a hand injury after crashing during practice for the Dutch Grand Prix.

In the second of Friday’s practice sessions, Oscar Piastri lost control and ended up in the barriers at Turn Four of the Zandvoort circuit.

Moments later, Ricciardo bizarrely crashed at the same corner after being forced to take evasive action having been late in noticing his fellow Aussie’s stricken McLaren.

Though the incident happened at a fairly low speed, the AlphaTauri driver immediately appeared to be in some discomfort, taking his left glove off and reporting over the team radio that he was hurt.

He avoided using his left arm as he pulled himself out of his car and was clearly in great discomfort as he walked away from the crash site.

Ricciardo was taken to the medical centre as is standard but his team later revealed the 34-year-old was heading to hospital to have further checks on his left wrist.

As he left the circuit, he was pictured with his left arm in a sling and there are now concerns that he won’t be able to race for the remainder of the weekend.

That didn’t look good for Daniel Ricciardo 😞

The AlphaTauri driver has been taken to hospital following his crash. pic.twitter.com/1WmwTHhsHS

Should he miss out, Red Bull junior Liam Lawson is in the paddock for the grand prix and could step in to make his Formula One debut, while Nyck de Vries – the man who Ricciardo replaced just two races ago – would also be an option.

Having only recently made his F1 comeback, this will be a really bitter blow for Ricciardo who is aiming to get back to frontrunners Red Bull for either next season or 2025.

Meanwhile, championship leader and home favourite Max Verstappen topped FP1 ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sir Lewis Hamilton.

But it was young Brit Lando Norris who went quickest in FP2, with McLaren continuing their good form from the past few grand prix, ahead of Verstappen and Williams’ Alex Albon, meaning we could be in for an open race on Sunday.

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