A Formula 3 driver was airlifted to hospital after an incredible crash which sent his car flying through the air. Zhi Chong Li was taken to hospital via helicopter after crashing into the back of Ryan Tveter's car, which had spun off and back on to the track at turn five at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Li's car launched into a frightening barrel roll before Tveter's car was once again hit by Pedro Piquet who careered into the barriers. A statement from the FIA revealed Li and Tveter were both transferred to the medical centre for treatment, before making their way to hospital in a helicopter and ambulance respectively.
Li has been sent to hospital in Graz where he will be assessed for possible head and back injuries.
It read: "A serious incident has occurred during Race 1 of Round 4 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, involving car number 18 Zhi Cong Li (CHN), number 3 Ryan Tveter (USA) and number 5 Pedro Piquet (BRA).
"Following on-track evaluation, Zhi Cong Li and Ryan Tveter were transferred to the circuit’s medical centre. One driver was initially unconscious, but both drivers were conscious on arrival at the medical centre.
"Zhi Cong Li has subsequently been taken to hospital via helicopter due to possible head and back injuries."Ryan Tveter was taken to hospital by ambulance for further examination."
It was later revealed Li will require surgery for broken bones in his heel. "Peter is undergoing treatment for multiple broken bones in his heel, which will require surgery in the near future," a statement reads.
"Peter has also been diagnosed with four fractured vertebrae which do not require surgery. "While suffering with other bruising and small injuries, Peter is alert and speaking with team personnel." Tveter was discharged with heavy bruising to his knee.