Raikkonen crashes out at British GP

Banbury Cake: Kimi Raikkonen's crash meant the British Grand Prix was red flagged Kimi Raikkonen's crash meant the British Grand Prix was red flagged

Kimi Raikkonen hobbled away from his broken Ferrari following a nasty first-lap smash at the British Grand Prix.

Starting from 18th on the grid at Silverstone following a miserable qualifying session for the Maranello marque, Raikkonen was fighting his way through the field in the opening corners when he initially ran wide at turn five, Aintree.

As the Finn kept the power down through the run-off area, he caught the lip of the track as he attempted to return to the circuit, which promptly sent his car sideways.

As Raikkonen fought to control his Ferrari, the 34-year-old ploughed nose-first into a barrier close to the bridge that spans the Wellington Straight.

In bouncing off the metal guardrail and onto the track, Raikkonen spun on several occasions in the middle of oncoming cars behind him.

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi clipped the front of the Ferrari before swerving on to the grass, while Felipe Massa braked heavily in his Williams in attempting to avoid Raikkonen.

That sent Massa's car into a tailspin, with the rear hitting the front of the Ferrari, with the ongoing domino effect then sending Raikkonen - now without three wheels - into a further spin.

After nudging another barrier on the opposite side of the track to the one he first slammed into, Raikkonen finally came to rest on a grassed section by the bridge.

Raikkonen had to be helped from the car, using a marshal as a crutch as he tried to walk away from the damage.

The safety car was immediately introduced, however, after a matter of moments race director Charlie Whiting decided to red flag the race.

It soon became apparent the barrier, sporting a sizeable dent where Raikkonen's Ferrari impacted, was in need of significant repairs before the grand prix could continue.

Massa was able to tour back to the grid where the cars had reformed, but was ultimately forced to retire due to the damage sustained.

On the occasion of his 200th grands prix, a disappointed Massa said: "I made a bad start and was last, but I passed two cars before corner four.

"I then saw Kimi spinning and crashing on the right. I turned to the right, but I hit his car with my left rear and the car is badly damaged. It is really a shame to finish the week like that.

"I'm fine, but I hope Kimi is fine because he had a big crash."

It is understood Raikkonen sustained hip and heel injuries, with his first words over the in-car radio to his team enquiring as to whether Massa was okay.

Marussia's Max Chilton was another casualty of the Raikkonen accident as his car was hit by a loose wheel from the out-of-control Ferrari, suffering damage to the nose.

With the race suspended, and instead of returning to the grid in order for his team to carry out repairs, Chilton headed down the pit lane at a time when personnel from all teams were attempting to cross to attend to their own cars.

It resulted in Whiting handing Chilton a drive-through penalty for entering the pit lane after the race was suspended.

Exactly one hour after the race was red-flagged, and with the repairs to the barrier carried out, the race restarted again behind the safety car.

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