Ferrari mechanic suffers double-break following Kimi Raikkonen pit stop

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The former world champion race auto driver pulled into pit lane and his crew worked quickly to get the vehicle refuelled and restocked, however Kimi was reportedly given the all clear before the Ferrari auto was ready and he stepped on the accelerator.

The major tussle in the early laps saw Lewis Hamilton, who started P9 after a gearbox penalty, versus Max Verstappen, who made a flying start from 15th place. The German was totally out-gunned for the last and most-critical part of the race and would have succumbed the lead with a few more laps been scheduled.

The incident put Raikkonen out of the race when he was running third and prompted some fans to comment on the notoriously icy Finn's apparent lack of care for the wellbeing of his crew member. "He is now recovering with the best assistance", Ferrari tweeted. The race continued despite the contact but was interrupted by a Virtual Safety Car a lap later when Ricciardo's Red Bull stopped by the side of the track with a technical issue.

Ferrari were now under pressure, with Bottas clearly going to the end on those tyres, and in a quandary. "When they told me the pace of Valtteri at that time I was thinking there was no way to do that".

Radio exchanges became fraught as Mercedes and Hamilton discussed the scenarios with a crackling signal.

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Two laps later, Raikkonen also came in for a Ferrari pit-stop that elevated Hamilton to second. "My job is to go when the light is green".

Ferrari later tweeted that the mechanic likely suffered a "shinbone and fibula fracture". The FIA rules state that the race vehicle can not run on mismatched tyres, which is why the Finnish driver was instructed to stop in the pitlane. Ferrari was subsequently fined 50,000 euros ($61,400) for an unsafe release.

Hamilton had his work cut out starting from ninth, and managed to achieve the podium finish he would have been hoping for.

Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne gave McLaren, now with Renault engines, a second successive double points finish in seventh and eighth respectively to lift the team to third overall.

What is it with Ferrari powered cars, and being prone to chaos in the pits!

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