Injured F1 mechanic in Bahrain successfully undergoes surgery: Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during final practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain

A Ferrari mechanic suffered a broken leg after a nasty collision with Kimi Raikkonen's vehicle following an unsafe release in the pit at this past weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel beat Valtteri Bottas in a nail-biting finish to the Bahrain Grand Prix, a race that saw Lewis Hamilton recover to third and a double DNF for Red Bull.

The Finn retired from the race while medical assistance was issued to the mechanic.

The team said the mechanic, named only as Francesco, had sustained a shinbone and fibula fracture.

Scuderia Ferrari has received a hefty fine of 50,000 Euros for the incorrect pitstop during the 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain GP. By them going onto the medium, I thought: 'That's checkmate.' Because we had to come in again. "For sure it is not great for him", Raikkonen is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. The Ferrari driver pressed throttle before the pit crew could change all four tyres.

He was knocked over as the Finn was wrongly given the signal to leave with only three tyres replaced and the other still to be removed.

Ferrari announced that it is now investigating as to why Raikkonen was given a green light when one wheel was yet to be changed.

The Silver Arrows outfit was left chasing Ferrari all weekend in the Bahrain heat, and the race Sunday evening was just another reflection of the team's lack of pace on abrasive tracks relative to its Italian rival.

Contact between Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley at Turn 4 saw both drivers' races ruined as Perez was forced to pit on the first lap and Hartley was hit with a ten-second penalty for causing the collision. "Our plan worked but just, Bottas had a bit of a sniff but ran out of laps", said the four times champion.

"These tyres were done, done, in the last 10 laps", a jubilant Vettel told his team over the radio after crossing the line.

Speaking of the unfortunate incident, which shouldn't be watched by those that are squeamish, Raikkonen said 'What happened to our guy Francesco today at the pit-stop is very unfortunate.

"We had nothing to lose trying to stay out and trying to win", explained Vettel as he analyzed his long run on deteriorating tires.

He added: "If you manage to get the win under these conditions it tastes even better".

Hamilton started ninth on the grid and battled his way into contention before ultimately finishing adrift of the leading two drivers.

Verstappen had a more frustrating race.

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