Raikkonen 'fine' after snowmobile crash in Austria

Berthold Bouman, F1 Correspondent

Lotus Renault today reported their star driver Kimi Raikkonen was 'fine' after a snowmobile accident in Austria on Saturday.

According to the team the Finn just suffered minor injuries but he nevertheless had to retire from the remainder the event.

It was reported Raikkonen had a painful wrist which will be further examined on Monday.

Lotus Renault today confirmed that Raikkonen had suffered a minor wrist injury but were also adamant there was no serious damage done.

Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault
Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault

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"Kimi went off during a snowmobile competition in Austria, but he's absolutely fine," Lotus Renault reported on their official Twitter page.

"We just spoke to Kimi. There's nothing to worry about, he only has a sore wrist. He might have it checked again on Monday, but that's all."

Raikkonen signed a two-year contract with Lotus Renault last week, after the team announced Robert Kubica, who nearly lost his life in a rally crash in February, would not be fit to race at the start of the 2012 season.

Drivers have in the past not been allowed to participate in 'high-risk' events, this week it was reported Red Bull's Mark Webber was not allowed to take risks during a Tasmanian adventure event which included climbing and descending steep hills on a mountain bike.

There's nothing to worry about, he only has a sore wrist

Lotus Renault

The Australian was grounded according to a local newspaper as 'his team had deemed it too dangerous'.

"I'm disappointed," Webber said, and added, "I would have loved to have been here for more of it, but it's not to be."

Also Red Bull's 2011 World Champion Sebastian Vettel was not allowed to try German Stefan Bradl's Moto2 motorcycle and according to team advisor Dr. Helmutt Marko the double World Champion was not allowed to take the bike out on the circuit.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Kimi Raikkonen , Robert Kubica , Sebastian Vettel , Stefan Bradl
Tags austria, bouman, featured, lotus renault, raikkonen, vettel, webber