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Raikkonen slammed for being ’emotionless’ after breaking mechanic’s leg

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A crewman receives medical assistant following an accident during the pit stop (Image: AFP)

Kimi Raikkonen has been slammed as ’emotionless’ following breaking the leg of one of his crew member during a pit stop.

Ferrari F1 team mechanic Francesco Cigarini suffered a double leg break when he was hit by Raikkonen’s left-rear tyre during Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix second pit-stop.

The Italian outfit confirmed that, shin bone and fibula fracture after being knocked over as the Finn was wrongly given the signal to leave with only three tyres replaced.

Raikkonen then told reporters: “I don’t know what shape he is in. It is not great for him. I go when the light is green. Not much to say.

“We did not finish the race, so it is not great but this is what happens sometimes.”

The Finn had to retire from the race as the left rear tyre was not changed – even though he was given a green light to move off.

But, F1 fans were quick to criticize Kimi for not checking on the mechanic after he jumped out his car.

Fans expression via Twitter: “Kimi Raikkonen has to be one of the most emotionless men in the world.”

Other shocked viewers wrote: “I’ve lost all respect for Kimi Raikkonen. Snaps mechanics leg in half, throws a tantrum and goes straight into the garage, doesn’t even check on him.”

Support tweet for the driver: “I’m sorry but those of you slating Kimi Raikkonen for his reaction after having to retire because of the unsafe release and not going to check the mechanic, he might not of even noticed what happened.”

But they were in the minority. Another wrote: “Unbelievable that Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t know how his team member’s wellbeing is after driving over his leg – shame on you you uncaring piece of sh**t.”

Sebastian Vettel went on to win the race, but Ferrari called it a “hollow victory” and said they were still waiting for news.

In the post match interview Vettel said the team were sending all their best wishes.

Channel 4 commentator Ben Edwards said: “Leg broken. You can see one of the guys in a lot of pain.”

Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer told the BBC: “No, no, no! What happened there!?

“Raikkonen is distraught, he just chucked the steering wheel back into the cockpit.

“We still have to think about the mechanic who is down on the ground. A nasty incident.”

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