Vaxivière sidelined with back injury
29 May 2014 – Matthieu Vaxivière will sit out the next two rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 campaign and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans as a result of the back injury he sustained during a first lap clash in Monte-Carlo.
The Lotus driver, 19, was pitched wildly into the air as he exited Ste Devote on the opening lap of the feeder category's sole race in the Principality on Sunday, following which he returned to the pits to retire.
After a delay getting out of the car, Vaxivière was taken to hospital, where a fracture of the fifth vertebra was confirmed. Having been discharged on Wednesday, the Frenchman faces around 45 days on the sidelines.
This rules Vaxivière out of the Spa and Moscow FR3.5 rounds, and means he will miss the World Endurance Championship's Le Mans event, which he was due to contest with the GTE-AM Prospeed Porsche team.
GP3 racer Richie Stanaway has been drafted in by Lotus to replace Vaxivière for the Spa event.