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Wurz Injured on Third day of Valencia Testing

Sunday August 6th, 2000

Benetton driver, Alexander Wurz, injured his leg yesterday, during the third and final day of testing at the Spanish Valencia circuit. However, the Austrian is reported to be well, and a Benetton spokeswoman said he will take part in the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.

Wurz, who set the second fastest time of the day - behind teammate Giancarlo Fisichella - spun off in the afternoon and hit the tyre wall. The impact caused the wishbone of the car to hit his right leg, and he was taken to the circuit hospital, where it initially appears that, while the wishbone hit the muscle and bone, it did not cause a breakage. He was then taken to the local hospital in Valencia for x-rays.

McLaren's David Coulthard also crashed during the session after his rear wing broke off. He escaped uninjured.

Yesterday's times:

Pos  Driver        Team               Time    Laps
 1.  Fisichella    Benetton-Playlife  1:15.78  39 
 2.  Wurz          Benetton-Playlife  1:15.97  38 
 3.  Verstappen    Arrows-Supertec    1:16.16  40 
 4.  Coulthard     McLaren-Mercedes   1:16.59  26 
 5.  Burti         Jaguar-Cosworth    1:16.91  50 
 6.  Bernoldi      Sauber-Petronas    1:17.31  62 
 7.  R.Schumacher  Williams-BMW       1:17.44  47 

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