Raikkonen escapes 47g crash with just bruising

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Ferrari has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen’s crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix recorded an impact of 47g (47 times the force of gravity), but he has escaped with just bruising to his ankle and knee.

The Finn speared into the wall on the exit of Aintree corner after running wide, causing enough damage to the barrier that it took one hour to repair until the race could be restarted. After the initial impact, his car then careered back across the track and into the path of Felipe Massa, who also retired because of the incident.

Raikkonen limped away from his car, and was immediately taken to the Silverstone medical centre for an examination by the FIA doctors. He was released before the end of the race, with nothing more than bruising to his knee and ankle, and will not need to miss the German Grand Prix as some feared immediately after the incident. However, he may have to miss the post-race test at Silverstone next week.

“The man from Espoo took a hard knock on the ankle and also has pain in a knee,” the team reported. “He will now have to rest but he will be back in time for the next round in Germany.”

The team also revealed that the impact recorded 47g on the F14 T’s telemetry.

Raikkonen was very lucky to escape without serious injury, but it does mark yet another disappointing weekend for the Finn who revealed earlier this week that he is likely to retire once his Ferrari contract is up at the end of 2015.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool