Ferrari fined for pit incident

Ferrari fined for pit incident

If Kimi Raikkonen's Bahrain Grand Prix didn't go to plan, then spare a thought for one of his mechanics, who suffered a double leg fracture after being struck accidentally by the Ferrari driver's F1 auto.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the race to take a 17-point championship lead over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton but said the incident had left "mixed feelings".

Raikkonen came in for his second tire change of the race after 36 of 57 laps, but the left rear tire was not secured properly.

After a somewhat fortuitous fifth place finish in Melbourne, following some key retirements, Alonso proclaimed, "now we can fight" on the team radio.

In a brief statement on Twitter, the team said: "Apparently a shinbone and fibula fracture, our thoughts are with Francesco, stay strong".

However, Raikkonen accidentally ran over one of his mechanics who suffered a broken leg.

In an interview immediately after the race, Raikkonen reacted to the incident by saying: "I don't know what shape he is in. For sure it is not great for him", Raikkonen is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

A site visitors gentle system is used to inform the motive force when it is protected to go away the pit stall. "There wasn't much. At the end of the straight, Valtteri had a bit of a sniff but fortunately he ran out of laps so I'm really happy". He was instructed to leave his marks after a green light was issued, but his left-rear tyre was still to be fitted.

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The former world champion was forced to retire because of the incident and was filmed walking into his garage without asking about his crew member.

"With Bottas' pace I thought he would catch me".

Saturday's pole was the 51st of Vettel's career and third in Bahrain. "And it worked - but only just".

It looked as though it could get even worse for Hamilton, pictured, after Max Verstappen's less than flawless start to the season took another troubled turn following a collision with Hamilton on lap two.

But when Hamilton was asked about what he said, race victor Vettel interjected and expressed sympathy for his rival.

"There were some frustrating points in the race when they could not hear me on the radio".

However Hamilton insists it was a passable outcome. "There needs to be a certain respect between drivers and ultimately. maybe I need to go and watch the manoeuvre again, but it didn't feel like a respectful manoeuvre".

The British driver and his team might have been hopeful of going for the win but Ferrari's decision to take a chance and switch to a one-stop strategy mid-race proved inspired and remarkably successful in Vettel's hands as he skilfully nursed his worn tyres to the take the flag.

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