Ferrari F1 mechanic suffers broken leg in Kimi Raikkonen pit incident

Ferrari has confirmed the Formula 1 mechanic who was hit by Kimi Raikkonen's car in the botched pitstop at the Bahrain Grand Prix has suffered a broken leg

Ferrari F1 mechanic suffers broken leg in Kimi Raikkonen pit incident

The pitcrew member was tasked with fitting a new left rear tyre to Raikkonen's car but, following a problem with the removal of the wheel already on it, he was still in position and had not moved when Raikkonen was released.

The mechanic was thrown to the ground, and was immediately attended to by paramedics before being taken to the track's medical centre.

A tweet from Ferrari later said the mechanic has suffered two fractured bones.

Ferrari tweeted: "Apparently a shinbone and fibula fracture, our thoughts are with Francesco, stay strong #BahrainGP"

Ferrari fined for pit incident

Speaking after the race, Raikkonen said he was unaware there had been a problem at the stop until he was told over the radio to bring his car to a halt.

"I go when the light is green and I don't see what happens behind," said Raikkonen, who stopped his car in the pitlane straight after the incident and retired from the race.

"Unfortunately he got hurt. But you know my job is to go when the light changes - more [than] that, I don't know really. Hopefully he's OK."

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Author Jonathan Noble
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