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article imageRaikkonen bruised after British GP crash as Hamilton wins

By Kris Coombes     Jul 6, 2014 in Sports
Kimi Raikkonen has escaped without serious injury after a big crash at the British Grand Prix, which Lewis Hamilton won from 6th on the grid.
The Finn started from 18th on the grid and had made up a couple of places off the start before running wide while attempting to pass Adrian Sutil's Sauber around the outside into Aintree. When rejoining the track, he bounced over the grass, causing him to lose control. He was nothing more than a passenger as he crashed against the Armco barrier and was spat back across the Wellington Straight, collecting Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa, who both did brilliantly to negate a huge impact with the side of Raikkonen's stricken Ferrari, though the latter was unable to continue the race due to damage.
Raikkonen was fortunate to escape with nothing more than a bruised knee and ankle after the 150mph, 47G impact, which he was able to walk away from with some assistance; that's some 20G more than the impacts Massa and Sergio Perez underwent in Canada last month. The race was stopped for an hour after the incident to repair the barrier he had hit. Team principal Marco Mattiachi confirmed what we had all hoped to hear, but suggested he may not be ready to take part in the Silverstone test later this week.
Kimi is OK. There is no major issue. We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test and what to do about it.
This was but one of a number of moments on a clumsy opening lap at what was an exciting 50th British Grand Prix. Both Massa and Romain Grosjean had issues getting off the line as both plummeted down the order. Further up field, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez tripped over each other, sending them both to the back of the field. Sebastien Vettel got away slowly, allowing both McLaren's of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen through by the first corner, before succumbing to Hamilton a short while later.
Following the restart, Nico Rosberg had built up a five-second advantage by the time Hamilton had dispatched Button and Magnussen, but all eyes were on Valtteri Bottas, who had fought from 14th to 9th before the red flag, and Fernando Alonso, who both set about carving their way through the pack in the opening stages.
By lap 21 though, Rosberg was reporting gear change issues, which only proceeded to get worse as Hamilton reeled him on. By lap 29, his gearbox would not comply, and Hamilton sailed into the lead, where he remained for the rest of the race completely unchallenged, much to his disappointment, as he admitted post-race that he was after a battle with his team mate.
Behind him, Valtteri Bottas had fought up to a brilliant second while Daniel Ricciardo was making a one stop work for him in third. The big scrap was between Alonso and Sebastian Vettel over fifth place, the two dueling over a number of laps. Both were complaining about the use of unfair tactics such as leaving track limits, and eventually Vettel ran up the inside of Alonso into Copse, almost sarcastically running a touch wide on the exit just to rub it in.
While the fans were thrilled to see Hamilton take victory for the first time at Silverstone since 2008, they would have gone berserk had Button been able to pass Ricciardo for a place on the podium, but despite his effort to close the gap, he fell short by 0.8 seconds. Hamilton is now four points behind Rosberg after his share of the poor reliability, with Bottas jumping ahead of Vettel into fifth with his second place finish, which also put Williams fourth in the constructors' championship.
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