Ralf in hospital for several days?

Ralf Schumacher, United States GP 2004

Ralf Schumacher, United States GP 2004 

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Ralf Schumacher was in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Sunday night following his high speed accident at the Speedway during the United States Grand Prix. Schumacher appears to have suffered from a puncture, probably caused by debris, and spun into the wall, hitting rear-end first. Schumacher was able to move in the cockpit but when he suffered from back pains as he tried to get out of the car, he decided to wait for the medical teams to arrive. Ralf could remain in hospital for several days under observation.

"He is in a lot of pain," Sir Frank Williams told reporters. "Everything works and basically he's sound but he's pretty bruised."

Although it is still too early for any decisions, if Ralf is not available to race in France it could mean that Williams will be able to answer the question it has about the team's second test driver Antonio Pizzonia who has proved to be enormously quick in testing but failed to impress when racing in F1 last year with Jaguar.

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