Kimi Raikkonen is a lucky man.
He may not have enjoyed much luck on the track so far in 2014, but the Finnish former world drivers' champion is lucky to have only sustained bruising following his 150mph crash at the British Grand Prix.
It was a smash into a barrier that measured 47G - an astonishing 47 times the force of gravity - totalling his F14 and delaying the race on lap two for an hour. But after a trip to the medical centre suggested no serious injuries, the accident may still have been severe enough to ensure Raikkonen could sit out testing for Ferrari in the coming week.
Raikkonen needs rest
Team boss Marco Mattiacci has confirmed the 34-year old needs rest if he is to be ready for the German Grand Prix on July 20, which means he could miss the scheduled two-day test at Silverstone ahead of the GP in Hockenheim.
It is possible that team-mate Fernando Alonso could be drafted in to replace him. Alternatively, reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa could be in line to extend his running to both days. An official statement from Raikkonen released via the Italian team confirmed how the Finn lost control after going off track.
He said: "At turn 5, I went off the track and while trying to get back on, I must have hit a kerb. I then lost control of the car and ended in the barriers."
It was a miraculous slice of fortune that Raikkonen did not suffer anything more than bruising to his ankles and legs, especially considering the manner in which he gingerly limped away from the crash.
And equally lucky were the other three drivers involved in the crash, although Williams's Felipe Massa suffered the ignominy of retiring in his 200th F1 race.
The Brazilian pulled a superb piece of evasive driving as the flying Raikkonen came across the track in front of him, angling his car to avoid t-boning the Ferrari and minimising impact.
Despite his quick thinking, a glum Massa was forced to retire in the crash, with Kamui Kobayashi also forced into evasive action to avoid colliding with the flailing Ferrari. But it was perhaps Marussia's Max Chilton that was luckiest, as a flying alloy missed his head by a matter of about six inches in the crash, which could have killed him had it hit.
Fortunately, it struck the front left brake duct on his car, completely destroying it and leading to a stop-go penalty for the Brit as he pitted during red flag conditions.
For Raikkonen it is the latest chapter in what has been a miserable season for him and his legion of fans. After nine races, as he is positioned 12th in the drivers' standings, having collected just 19 points.
He has been outperformed by team-mate Alonso at almost every turn this season, which marks an unceremonious return to the team with which he won the world title in 2007.
But after the wild events at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, at least he has his health.
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