Burti better, but doesn't remember crash

By Time of article published Sep 5, 2001

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Liege - The health of racing driver Luciano Burti had improved enough for Belgian doctors to release the Brazilian from the intensive care unit in Liege on Wednesday.

"He is back on his feet and walking around. He has recovered very quickly," said Virginie Papin, a spokeswoman for Burti's Formula One Prost team.

The 26-year-old Burti survived with only a concussion and bruises after a shocking crash on the fourth lap of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix where he smashed into a tyre barrier at around 300km/h.

The accident on the Blanchimont bend happened after his car touched the Jaguar-Cosworth of Eddie Irvine as he tried to overtake the Northern Irishman.

Burti said he feels pain throughout his body, especially in his back. The Prost driver also said he could not remember the crash: "I don't know was happened. I remember that I was fast and tried to pass Eddie Irvine."

Despite the pain and slight memory loss, Burti is already talking about returning to the race course, saying from his Liege hospital bed: "I would like to start my work as a driver as soon as possible."

The Prost spokeswoman said Burti hopes to race again at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza on September 16. "But we will wait a couple of days," the Prost official added.

Italian media are speculating that Italian Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer could replace Burti even though Prost have two test drivers of their own - Czech Tomas Enge and Frenchman Jonathan Cochet. - Sapa-DPA

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