Wednesday, 01 December 2021 06:09 GMT

Ferrari fined 50,000 euros for Raikkonen error


(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Ferrari were fined 50,000 euros ($61,385) on Sunday after one of their Formula One mechanics was hit by Kimi Raikkonen's car and suffered a broken leg during a Bahrain Grand Prix pitstop.

Raikkonen, who had been in third place, was told to stop immediately and retired in the pitlane while team mate Sebastian Vettel went on to win. Ferrari said the mechanic on the left rear wheel, named only as Francesco, had been taken to hospital with a suspected shin bone and fibula fracture.

He was knocked over as the Finn was wrongly given the signal to leave with only three tyres replaced and the other still to be removed.

"I go when the light is green. I don't see what happens behind and unfortunately he got hurt," said Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion. "My job is to go when the light says so. Hopefully, he's OK."

The Finn was left sitting in his car for a while before stepping out while the mechanics focused on their stricken team mate on the floor.

Meanwhile, the Ferrari mechanic was recovering after surgery on Monday. Francesco Cigarini posted a picture on Instagram of himself lying in a hospital bed giving a thumbs up gesture and with a plaster cast on the leg.

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