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Brit GP halted after first-lap crash

2014-07-06 14:45

WAITING TO RACE: Track marshals inspect the track after a first-lap crash which halted at the 2014 British F1 GP on July 6. The gridded cars wait in the background. Image: AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

SILVERSTONE, England - 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.

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

LOST CONTROL

The race was stopped as 2007 champion 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 stoppage was extended while a track crew went into action to (under R1 rules) repair the damage Raikkonen's Ferrari did to the armco barrier.

Drivers were out of their cars, tech crews nursing their metal charges on the grid - from where the restart will eventually happen in the order in which the cars were running when the race was stopped. - AFP, Wheels24

Reuters reported: It was the first time since Monaco 2000 that a race had been red-flagged on the opening lap.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, starting his 200th race, was also caught up in the incident when he had to take avoiding action as Raikkonen's Ferrari re-entered the track in front of his Williams.

Massa looked unlikely to re-start, despite nursing the stricken car back to his mechanics, with the Williams too badly damaged.

"I hope Kimi's fine. He had a big crash," said Massa.

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg had started from pole for Mercedes, with McLaren's Jenson Button in second place when the race was stopped.

Rosberg's team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton was fourth

Restart order: 1 Rosbereg, 2 Button, 3 Magnussen, 4 Hamilton, 5 Vettel, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Ricciardo, 8 Kvyet 9 Bottas, 10 Bianchi, 11 Sutil, 12 Gutierrez, 13 Alonso, 14 Maldonado, 15, Ericsson, 16 Grosjean, 17 Chilton, 18 Vergne

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