First lap crash halts British GP

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Kimi Raikkonen July 6 AFP The Silverstone GP has been red-flagged after a first-lap collision involving Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. Photo: Andrew Yates

Silverstone, Northamptonshire – A first lap crash involving Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa brought Sunday’s British Grand Prix to a halt.

The race was red-flagged after a collision involving Raikkonen in a Ferrari and Massa in a Williams.

Massa escaped unhurt and drove back to the pits without his left rear wheel, but Raikkonen emerged limping from his badly-damaged Ferrari which lost most of the front end and left rear wheel.

The race was stopped as Raikkonen was taken to the circuit medical centre.

It appeared he lost control of his car and hit the barriers before spinning across the track where he collided with Massa.

The organisers announced that the race would be delayed for repairs to a section of barriers estimated to last at least 15 minutes.

Massa, starting his 200th Grand Prix, took rapid avoiding action to avoid a more serious crash after Raikkonen had lost control and spun in front of him.

Raikkonen almost collided with several other cars after running off circuit at the start of the Wellington Straight having run off track and then hitting a bump as he rejoined.

As the Finn spun out of control across the track, Massa threw his car into a spin to avoid a head-on accident and Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi steered his Caterham wide to the left and across the grass to avoid contact.

Raikkonen and Massa were both starting “out of position” – in 15th and 18th respectively – because their teams had misread the changeable conditions in Saturday’s qualifying session and failed to gain their normal grid places.


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