World championship leader Kimi Raikkonen covered no more then ten yards of the Spanish Grand Prix after running into the back of a stationary Antonio Pizzonia and crashing out of the race.

The Finn, starting from the back of the grid after aborting his qualifying lap, was temporarily unsighted as the field got the signal to go, and could not avoid the stricken Jaguar, ripping the right front wheel of his McLaren from its mountings and damaging the nose and wing.

Pizzonia was also eliminated in the shunt - which could spell the end of his Formula One career after recent speculation that he is to be replaced by Alex Wurz.

Jarno Trulli, starting from the opposite end of the grid, in fourth, was also eliminated further round the lap, when his Renault came into contact with David Coulthard's McLaren. While the Scot pitted for new tyres - along with several midfield runners - the Italian was left with a long walk back to the Renault garage.

The field is currently under the safety car while the startline debris is removed.