Raikkonen: I want to put this incident behind me

The crashed Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen is recovered

The crashed Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen is recovered

Ferrari have said that Kimi Raikkonen sustained bruises to his legs after he crashed heavily on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, and the Finn himself is targeting a return to the cockpit at the next round in Germany.

Raikkonen brought out the red flags after losing control of his car on the Wellington Straight and striking the barriers with an impact measured at 47 G.

The 34-year-old, popularly known as The Iceman, limped away from his badly damaged F14T following the accident, but Ferrari team Principal Marco Mattiacci has said that he sustained no serious injuries: “The most important news right now is that Kimi is alright, even though the impact with the barriers was a heavy one.

“He has some bruising and will now be resting to be in shape for the next race.”

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Kimi Raikkonen before the race

The accident compounded a miserable weekend for the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion in which he was also eliminated from Qualifying in Q1. He could now miss this week’s post-race test at Silverstone as he bids to be fully fit for the next round in Germany on July 18-20.

Raikkonen explained, “Unfortunately, my race ended on the first lap, after I had managed to get away well, making up enough ground to be fighting for eleventh place. At turn 5, I went off the track and while trying to get back on, I must have hit a kerb. I then lost control of the car and ended in the barriers.”

“It’s a real shame because yesterday, the feeling I had on track had improved and I was determined to do my utmost to bring home some points. I am really very disappointed with how things went, but now I want to put this incident behind me and just concentrate on the next race in Germany,” he declared.

Raikkonen’s long-time trainer Mark Arnall told Turun Sanomat newspaper that the driver was “examined thoroughly” after the crash, and has definitely not damaged any bones and added that “Kimi is sore, but thankfully he has escaped anything worse.”

And the 2007 world champion’s manager Steve Robertson added: “His left ankle is severely bruised, but nothing is broken. We assume that Kimi will be fit again for Hockenheim.” (GP247-Reuters)

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