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Raikkonen suffers gearbox failure in practice, nearly gets run over

May 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Kimi Raikkonen hasn’t had much luck so far this season, and on Thursday in Monaco, not much changed.

After being forced to miss the first half of the session due to a damp track, when the Finn finally did go out, it lasted just a few laps as a gearbox failure forced him to park up his Ferrari in the garage.

Raikkonen’s car began to splutter coming out of the final corner, just after he had passed pit entry. The Finn managed to keep his car going and complete a lap to take it back to the pits, but he then had to stay there as Ferrari began to take apart his car to find the problem.

Eventually, it was diagnosed as being a gearbox issue. Raikkonen is unlikely to face a five place grid penalty as it is only the Thursday of the race weekend, and with an extra day to play with, the Ferrari mechanics will have plenty of time to fix the problem.

However, Kimi then ran into further trouble. When crossing the pit lane by foot, he was very nearly run over by Sebastian Vettel as the Red Bull left its pit box. Luckily, a mechanic was on hand to drag him out of the way.

  1. reknaps - May 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I haven’t seen the video, but I’m sure Seb saw the situation and would have proceeded safely. Probably just an overzealous pit crew member. I would love to see the video, that’s for sure.

  2. techmeister1 - May 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Actually the crew man was trying to tackle Kimi so he couldn’t see what Red B.S. Racing is doing this week to cheat… LOL

  3. redrock81 - May 26, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    I’ve seen the video and Kimi is completely oblivious that the RB car behind him is about to finish its pit stop. One of the engineers, Nigel “Big Nige” Hope, leads Kimi to the side. I think it was more so they don’t delay Vettel than Kimi’s safety…

    It’s not like Vettel was going to drive into him… Magnussen might though. I’m counting 3x Kimi and Magnussen have collided in a race.

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