The hospital looking after Scott Parsons has confirmed he is still in a coma while also revealing he has some very serious injuries, potentially putting his Virtual Formula One future in serious doubt.
Following the incident during the Argentinian Rally yesterday Parsons entered a coma in which he is still in while also suffering many serious injuries.
The organisers called off the remainder of the rally which was being lead by Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen.
The hospital revealed this statement on Parsons condition:
'Following the incident yesterday Mr. Parsons is still in a critical condition. He has suffered a fractured left leg and arm and a broken left foot and wrist. He has many cuts and lacerations on the left hand side of his body while his right hand side has avoided and serious injuries. He has two broken ribs and a punctured lung which we are desperately working to cure.
With these injuries confirmed it looks likely Parsons will be out for some time, and as a result Downton have announced their 18 year old test driver - who gained his Super license in a test only last week - has been handed the empty race seat.
In a statement the team said: 'What has happened to Scott is a tragedy but he wouldn't want us to quit. This season is very much working towards next season for a Championship tilt, but how could we do that if we fell behind so much this year. We can't afford to run just the one car and so Marcus will get his chance. Maybe it is too soon for him but we won't know until it happens. If he really struggles, we will have to consider our options. Our deepest sympathies go out to Scott and his family and w hope by taking this decision we can work together next year - with Scott - to fight for the Championship.