Sainz cleared to race following fitness checks

Carlos Sainz Jr will compete in the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom after being cleared to race by FIA medical delegate Professor Jean-Charles Piette.

The twenty-one-year-old Spaniard had been transported to hospital following his high-speed crash during free practice on Saturday morning after hitting the turn thirteen barriers after losing control under braking, but was released late last night, and was thought to have shared dinner with McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso.

Sainz visited the medical centre on Sunday morning and was declared fit to race, and his Scuderia Toro Rosso team have confirmed he would start the race, although he will begin in the pit lane due to the fact he did not compete in the qualifying session.

Stewards had already ruled that Sainz would be allowed to race despite missing qualifying.