Da Matta still in coma

Sat, 12 August 2006, 01:12

Former Toyota F1 driver Cristiano da Matta is still in a coma and not responding to doctors’ commands after crashing his Champ Car single-seater into a deer during a test session in Wisconsin more than a week ago.

The 32-year-old Brazilian, who raced for Cologne based Toyota before returning to the American road-racing category in 2004, had brain surgery the day of the accident and was put under heavy sedation.

But Champ Car’s medical doctor Chris Pinderski told a news conference on Friday that da Matta is no longer under sedation.

”When they ask him to open his eyes, he’s not doing anything like that,” Pinderski said.

”He’s not doing anything to command.

”When he’s going to wake up, if he’s going to wake up, is still unknown at this point.”

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