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08th Apr 2018

Ferrari F1 mechanic suffers horrendous leg break during Bahrain Grand Prix

Reuben Pinder

This is not for the faint-hearted. Warning: not for the squeamish.

Motor racing is a dangerous sport. The drivers put themselves in high-risk situations where one mistime position can lead to serious injuries or in some sad cases, fatalities.

But we never expect the mechanics to be put in danger. They’re the unsung heroes, without whom the drivers would not be able to compete at their highest possible level, but they’re usually kept well safe, away from the action, in the security of the garage.

In today’s Grand Prix in Bahrain, one poor mechanic working for Ferrari suffered one of the most horrific injuries imaginable.

As Kimi Räikkönen was preparing to leave the pits, he jumped the gun and accelerated too early. Now, you don’t need me to remind you how powerful an F1 car is; they accelerate very quickly. You wouldn’t want to be caught in the way of one as it pulled out the pits, as this poor man will attest to.

Again, do not watch if you are squeamish.

His leg is crushed beneath the wheel and breaks in at least more than one place.

Only on Friday, Ferrari were fined for Räikkönen’s unsafe release. You’d have thought he wouldn’t repeat the same mistake. Surely now that he’s seen the damage it can do, he will be more careful in future.

Räikkönen’s car retired and the mechanic has been taken to hospital.