Raikkonen putting Silverstone incident behind him

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Kimi Raikkonen made no secret of his disappointment after retiring from yesterday’s British Grand Prix in a huge accident that resulted in the race being stopped.

On the first lap of the race, Raikkonen ran wide at Aintree corner and tried to power over the grass to get back onto the track. However, it did not go to plan as his Ferrari speared into the barrier on the right hand side of the Wellington Straight at a reported impact of 47g.

His car then careered back across the circuit, colliding with Felipe Massa’s Williams and ending both of their races. The Finn limped away from his Ferrari, and was transferred to the circuit’s media centre where he was found to have only suffered bruising to his ankle and knee.

“Unfortunately, my race today ended on the first lap, after I had managed to get away well, making up enough ground to be fighting for eleventh place,” Raikkonen said on Sunday. “At turn five, 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’s a real shame because yesterday, the feeling I had on track had improved and I was determined to do my utmost to bring home some points.

“I am really very disappointed with how things went today, but now I want to put this incident behind me and just concentrate on the next race in Germany.”

Raikkonen was due to test for Ferrari at Silverstone this week, but team principal Marco Mattiacci said that his condition would be assessed before a decision was taken.

“We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we still have to take a decision,” he said. “I want to be 100% sure that he will be fine.”

Raikkonen’s misdemeanor is a new low point in a difficult season so far, and he revealed earlier this week that he is likely to walk away from F1 upon the expiration of his Ferrari contract at the end of 2015.

MRTI: Keith Donegan earns Mazda Shootout Scholarship

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Dublin, Ireland’s Keith Donegan claimed a $200K scholarship from Mazda after emerging victorious at the second annual Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. The 20-year-old Donegan earned an at-large nomination for the scholarship based on his performance at this year’s Formula Ford Festival, in which he finished second in the final, and emerged from a pack of 17 drivers from across the globe to claim the scholarship.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said an emotional Donegan, who earlier in his career actually spent two years away from racing as he focused on academics. “The weekend was really good and I enjoyed it. I have to say a huge thanks to Mazda and Cooper Tires and everyone at the Mazda Road to Indy. I enjoyed every moment. Throughout the weekend we were consistent and I kept the small things in check. I didn’t make any stupid mistakes and kept my head cool and that really paid off in the end.”

The two-day shootout was held at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona and saw the nominated drivers tackle the school’s 1.6-mile circuit in Formula Mazda race cars before facing on and off-track assessments. Donegan was selected by a panel of judges that included former driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series TV analyst Scott Goodyear, Mazda drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Jonathan Bomarito, as well as Victor Franzoni – the current champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – and Oliver Askew, the current champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Donegan was humbled to be in the presence of drivers who have won scholarships and championships previously, and added that he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue his racing career.

“You see all these champions here today that will go on to great things in the future and I’m sure the names you see here today aren’t going to disappear,” Donegan added. “They will be back up there and I’m sure I will be racing them again some day. It is an unbelievable opportunity to be given and for Mazda to provide that for any young driver. It just gives that bit of motivation that you need because the [U.S.] is where you need to go to become a professional these days. It is such a boost to my career.”

Donegan is now slated to join the 2018 USF2000 championship, with further announcements regarding the team with whom he’ll be racing to come in the future.

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