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Raikkonen escapes 47g crash with just bruising

Jul 6, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

Britain F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Ferrari has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen’s crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix recorded an impact of 47g (47 times the force of gravity), but he has escaped with just bruising to his ankle and knee.

The Finn speared into the wall on the exit of Aintree corner after running wide, causing enough damage to the barrier that it took one hour to repair until the race could be restarted. After the initial impact, his car then careered back across the track and into the path of Felipe Massa, who also retired because of the incident.

Raikkonen limped away from his car, and was immediately taken to the Silverstone medical centre for an examination by the FIA doctors. He was released before the end of the race, with nothing more than bruising to his knee and ankle, and will not need to miss the German Grand Prix as some feared immediately after the incident. However, he may have to miss the post-race test at Silverstone next week.

“The man from Espoo took a hard knock on the ankle and also has pain in a knee,” the team reported. “He will now have to rest but he will be back in time for the next round in Germany.”

The team also revealed that the impact recorded 47g on the F14 T’s telemetry.

Raikkonen was very lucky to escape without serious injury, but it does mark yet another disappointing weekend for the Finn who revealed earlier this week that he is likely to retire once his Ferrari contract is up at the end of 2015.

  1. Jeff - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Jack Hawkswoth sustained a bruised heart after a 100g crash.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    I’m glad Kimi only had minor injuries but this is the outcome from piss-poor qualifying and trying to make up positions on the first lap when you’re at the back of the field. Not only did it costs Ferrari it costs Williams/Massa and some other drivers who’s cars were damaged.

    I know Ferrari is working as hard as they can and Leigh Diffey claimed that some comments were made that heads will roll at Ferrari’s design department, but this type of attitude rarely creates a positive result as we’ve seen with McLaren and others. Employee intimidation is not the solution. First you need to identify the true problems and then you need to properly fix them. There is zero benefits to intimidation or threats. No one delivers their best in that type of environment.

  3. midtec2005 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    A wall like that is a perfect candidate for a SAFER barrier. Watkins Glen put them in at similar places, and it’s made a big difference.

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