A Ferrari mechanic suffered a broken leg after a nasty collision with Kimi Raikkonen's car following an unsafe release in the pit at this past weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Finnish driver was given the green light to go, so he was unaware that Francesco Cigarini wasn't clear of the vehicle, causing an unsafe release. You can clearly see the leg buckle as Raikkonen drives away, so readers of a squeamish disposition should prepare themselves for the following video.
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) April 8, 2018
Cigarini has undergone surgery on the double leg break, believed to be the shinbone and fibula, in a Bahrain hospital and appeared to be in good spirits judging by his post on Instagram.
A frustrated Raikkonen said after the race:
I don't see what happens. My job is to go when the light is green. Unfortunately he got hurt but my job is to go when the light goes green. I don't know more than that. I didn't finish the race so it is not great.
While the blame for the injury can't be place on the Finn's shoulders, his response doesn't come off very well and could be described as classless.
The FIA fined Ferrari €50,000 for the unsafe release, the second time they had been charged over the weekend for the same reason. It wasn't all bad news for the Formula 1 team though, as Sebastian Vettel won his second successive race, getting his 49th win overall on his 200th start.
Unsurprisingly, the German driver called it "a mixed day".