If Kimi Raikkonen?s Bahrain Grand Prix didn?t go to plan, then spare a thought for one of his mechanics who suffered a double leg fracture after being struck accidentally by the Ferrari driver?s F1 car. The Finnish F1 driver failed to complete the circuit in Bahrain on Sunday and, to make matters worse, he was involved in a grisly pit stop mix-up. After entering the pit stop in third position, Raikkonen was given the greenlight to resume racing. However, the signal appears to have come too soon, with one Ferrari mechanic still replacing a wheel on the car.
Kimi Raikkonen ran over one of his crew members leaving the pits. It?s kinda gnarly, so click at your own risk. pic.twitter.com/3rqFSPgN4Y
— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) 8 ?????? 2018 ?. Footage of the incident shows how the back tire of the powerful F1 vehicle strikes the Ferrari mechanic as Raikkonen speeds off back to the circuit. The force sees the man’s leg buckle, with his teammates immediately rushing to his aid. According to Ferrari, pit crew member Francesco Cigarini suffered a shinbone and fibula fracture.
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The horrendous incident also led to Raikkonen retiring from the race early, due to a problem with the wheel of his car.
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Dramatic pitstop, one of our mechanics was hit by #Kimi7 ?s car #BahrainGP
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) 8 ?????? 2018 ?. Eventual winner of the Bahrain GP, Sebastian Vettel, offered his thoughts to the injured mechanic. “It’s a mixed feeling day, I’m sending my best wishes to him. I know our guys are all taking care of him,” the Ferrari driver said.
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#Seb5 ?It?s a mixed feeling day, I?m sending my best wishes to him I know our guys are all taking care of him? #BahrainGP
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) 8 ?????? 2018 ?. In an interview immediately after the race, Raikkonen reacted to the incident by saying: “I don’t know what shape he is in. For sure, it is not great for him . I go when the light is green. I don’t see what happens behind and unfortunately he got hurt. My job is to go when the light is green, I don’t know more than that and hopefully he is okay.”
Cigarini later posted an Instagram update showing his full-leg cast and thanking people for their concern
Surgery ok. I have to thank all the people worried for me. Nothing else, just a big thanks. Hugs! L’operazione è andata bene. Voglio ringraziare tutte le persone che hanno chiesto di me e si sono preoccupate. Solo un grande GRAZIE. Abbracci #thanks #grazie
A post shared by Francesco Cigarini (@francesco.cigarini) on Apr 8, 2018 at 5:50pm PDT
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