Ferrari hit with hefty fine for pitstop incident

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Ferrari hit with hefty fine for pitstop incident
Jonathan Noble
By: Jonathan Noble
Apr 8, 2018, 7:47 PM

Ferrari has been fined 50,000 Euros for the botched pitstop that ended with one of its mechanics suffering a broken leg at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

A Ferrari mechanic is tended by medics after being hit by the car of Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H during a pit stop
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H hits a mechanic as he leaves the pits
A Ferrari mechanic is tended by medics after being hit by the car of Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H during a pit stop

Kimi Raikkonen had come into the pits for his second stop of the race when there was a problem at the left rear of the car.

Despite the wheel not having been removed, Raikkonen was instructed that the stop had been completed and he left the pit box.

As he accelerated away, he hit the mechanic who had been standing there with the replacement wheel – running over the crew member's leg and breaking it.

The FIA summoned Ferrari to hear its explanation for what had gone wrong, and in the end handed down a hefty 50,000 Euro sanction.

In a statement issued by the stewards, the FIA said: "The Stewards determined that the car was released unsafely in breach of Art. 28.13 a). The team released the car in a manner endangering team personnel and causing injury."

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