World champion race driver Ayrton Senna was badly bruised but not seriously hurt in a crash at Hockenheim Ring during a Formula One practice run Friday in Germany, officials said.
The Brazilian, who won the first four Grand Prix races this year, crashed at 187 m.p.h. about 10 minutes before he was to finish testing his McLaren-Honda car.
Senna was on one of the fastest sections of the course, site of the German Grand Prix on July 28, when his car flipped into the air and turned over several times, according to witnesses.
Track officials said that Senna suffered only bruises and scrapes. The car was demolished.
Senna, who never lost consciousness, said a defective tire apparently caused the accident.