Williams Racing reserve driver Jack Aitken hopes to make his return after his crash at Eau Rouge in the GT World Challenge to testing for Williams in the simulator in September.
Aitken suffered from multiple injuries after his crash. The diagnosis had revealed a fractured collarbone as well as a vertebrae. The British driver hopes to return to the sport by the end of September as he was expecting an eventful season ahead of himself.
Aitken has revealed Williams’ eagerness to have him back in the simulator due to the work he has put in. He has also shared that if his recovery goes as planned, he hopes to drive the FW43B in a FP1 session this season. While he is keen on returning to racing, he has realized that his return to the GT World Challenge would not be easy due to its calendar.
“I’m looking to get back in quickly, rather than whether I can get back in this season at all.
“There’s a couple of races on the GT calendar, which come up at the end of the shutdown, which I think are going to be really difficult for me to make. So, I will probably miss those. But I’m hoping to be back racing by the end of September.
“Williams have already been asking when I can get back in the sim, because there was quite a lot of good work I was doing and unfortunately, it’s been interrupted. I’ve said I’m looking to get back sometime in September.
“And then, I’m still talking to them about when we’ll do my FP1. Depending on how the calendar shakes out, it’s probably going to be in flyaway races coming at the end of the year. So, I definitely want to be fit for that, and ready to jump in obviously if I’m needed [as a reserve].”
While speaking with Motorsport.com, he divulged in detail over his recovery and said that he feels he is recovering well especially his collarbone. He, however, indicated that he still gathering information regarding the plausible solutions for his vertebrae fracture.
“I’m feeling pretty good. To be honest, good enough that occasionally I forget that I’ve broken a couple of things and I get up too quickly!
“I’ve been to see a couple of specialists, both for the fracture in my back and for my collarbone. So I’m getting a bit more information about all of that, and it’s actually been quite helpful.
“Sitting around all day wondering when I’m going to be better is pretty painful in itself. But not too bad.”
The British driver was rushed to the medical centre after his crash and has not had an opportunity to share his perspective of the crash. He has shared details regarding the crash, including the build-up and how it felt sitting in his car on the middle of the track after the incident took place.
“I wouldn’t describe it as time slowing down, but certainly when I look back and think about the crash now, it’s very easy to pick out what was going on in each second,” he explained.
“In the moment, it did happen very quickly. From realising that I had a snap in the middle of Eau Rouge, correcting it, realising it had over-corrected and then realising that you are about to hit a barrier very hard, pretty much head on.
“Then I hit the barrier, had the pain already in my back and before that had processed, Franck [Perera], in the car behind hit me from the back.
“And then there was a couple of other hits with Kevin [Estre] and Davide [Rigon]. That hit me into the barrier, and all of that happened very, very quickly.
“You’re just kind of hyper aware of what’s happening with all the debris flying. You know you’re at the top of Eau Rouge, you know you’ve got a lot of cars coming towards you and you are just kind of praying that it’s going to put you off the circuit rather than in the middle. And you hope that it’s going to stop some time soon.
“When the dust settled, and I saw that there was basically nothing left of the car, but I was off the track and the other cars had started to slow down, I was finally able to relax a little bit despite the damage it done to me.”