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Jack Miller’s Friday crash aggravated his ankle injury from the pre-season and forced the Australian to withdraw.
A broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot caused Jack Miller to withdraw from the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, the Australian aiming to return in Jerez. The broken bone itself is not a major issue, but the crash on Friday also bruised his still healing right ankle, presenting a hurdle too large to overcome. The Circuit of the Americas is one of the most physically demanding tracks on the calendar and the pain made it unsafe for Miller to continue.
When Miller was out on track he was able to go over a second faster than his time from Friday, but keeping the pace for an entire race would have been impossible. Intense physiotherapy will follow for Miller as he aims to be fully fit for there race in Jerez.
Jack Miller: “This is a really physically demanding track and with every lap the pain just got worse so in the interests of safety it is better to give this race a miss. We tried all the options with physiotherapy and a pain killing injection for FP4 but it didn't work. I'm sorry for the team but this is racing and now I just want to be fit for the next race in Jerez. It's unlucky but I've learnt a lesson from pushing too hard on a cold tyre in practice. The most pain is coming from my ankle, one of the screws in the plates from the earlier injury maybe moved a little bit when my foot hit the track."