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F1 British Grand Prix: Heavy Raikkonen crash halts race

A heavy crash for Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap of the race has caused a red flag in the British Grand Prix
A heavy crash for Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap of the race has caused a red flag in the British Grand Prix.

Raikkonen ran wide at Aintree at the start of the race and attempted to rejoin at racing speed but was launched slightly off the lip between grass and track and lost control, hitting the barrier on the Wellington Straight at high speed.

With the Ferrari bouncing back across the track, Felipe Massa was unsighted behind Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham and tried to pitch his Williams in to a spin to avoid contact but hit Raikkonen with his left rear wheel.

Raikkonen had to be helped from his car with apparent discomfort in his leg, but was able to limp to the medical car. However, the damage to the barrier required repairing and forced the race to be halted.

Nico Rosberg had led away from pole position, with Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton behind him after a poor start for Sebastian Vettel who dropped to fifth.





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