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Huge crash for Raikkonen red flags British GP after one lap

Jul 6, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

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The British Grand Prix has been red flagged following a huge accident involving Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa on the opening lap of the race.

Heading down the Wellington Straight, Raikkonen ran wide through Aintree and touched the grass, causing his car to spin. The Ferrari driver smashed into the wall on the right hand side of the track with some force, causing him to career back across the circuit and into the path of the oncoming cars.

Despite his best efforts, Massa could not avoid the accident, and Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi was forced to take evasive action in order not to get caught up in the wreckage. Raikkonen limped away from his car, and will have been taken to the medical centre for a check-up. The Ferrari team confirmed that Raikkonen was okay, but had suffered bruising to his ankle and knee.

Due to the force of Raikkonen’s crash, the guardrail requires repair work. When the race does restart, it will be under the safety car.

8:30am ET – The guardrail repair is still ongoing. Next update in 15 minutes. Max Chilton, Sergio Perez and Jean-Eric Vergne are all under investigations for various misdemeanours in the two laps of running that we saw.

8:37am ET – Perez and Vergne have been cleared of any wrong-doing. Chilton has been handed a drive-through penalty for entering the pit lane after the race had been suspended.

8:45am ET - Next update from the stewards will come at 8:50am ET.

8:51am ET – The race will resume at 9:05am ET.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    What got Kimi here was a place on the track where the rain ran off the side of the track asphalt and made a groove at the side of the asphalt.

    That is a normal thing that happens to the sides ANY road surface where rain water runs off it and the groundskeepers are at odds to keep ahead of that.

    If you walk over to that spot after the race,you will see a small ditch where the water runoff has made a small groove as it runs away from the track.

    When Kimi gets back on the track,that groove made the car drop down,the rear plate of the car bottomed out on the track which caused the left rear suspension to hit the edge of the asphalt and break Kimi’s left rear suspension.

    Man,Kimi I hope you are o.k. because that was a really nasty crash.

    Get well soon,Kimster.

    Kamui and Felipe.,nice job of getting away from Kimi’s car too.

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  2. redrock81 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Kimi is thankfully ok. 48Gs from that accident! That was scary! But Alonso is looking good at the moment.

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