Sakhir, April 9: Ferrari mechanic Francesco Cigarini has undergone successful surgery after suffering a broken leg in a sickening botched Kimi Raikkonen pit stop during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Cigarini was knocked over when Raikkonen was released before his rear-left tyre had been fitted at the Sakhir circuit.
A botched Raikkonen pit stop saw the Finn released too early, his left-rear wheel striking the leg of the mechanic, who was immediately taken to hospital. The incident occurred as Ferrari pondered how best to cope with Mercedes' one-stop strategy.
The experienced crew member was taken to hospital after being treated in the pit lane and is now on the mend following an operation.
Cigarini posted a picture on Instagram with him giving the thumbs up in his hospital bed with his left leg in plaster.
He wrote: "Surgery ok. I have to thank all the people worried for me. Nothing else, just a big thanks. Hugs!"
Surgery ok. I have to thank all the people worried for me. Nothing else, just a big thanks. Hugs! L'operazione è andata bene. Voglio ringraziare tutte le persone che hanno chiesto di me e si sono preoccupate. Solo un grande GRAZIE. Abbracci #thanks #grazie
A post shared by Francesco Cigarini (@francesco.cigarini) on Apr 8, 2018 at 5:50pm PDT
FIA race stewards fined Ferrari €50,000 for releasing Raikkonen's car "in a manner endangering team personnel and causing injury".
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