KIMI RAIKKONEN was concerned in a scary incident through the second free follow session in Abu Dhabi as his automotive burst into flames lower than two weeks after Romain Grosjean’s horror crash.
Veteran Formula One driver Raikkonen, 41, was racing across the monitor as his Alfa Romeo all of a sudden spat fireplace out of the again.
Kimi Raikkonen’s automotive burst into flames throughout Abu Dhabi GP free follow
Veteran star Raikkonen jumped out of the automotive and helped put the fireplace out
Raikkonen’s automotive was taken away on a tow truck after the fireplace was put outCredit score: Splash Information
Throughout Friday’s session on the Yas Marina circuit, Raikkonen was pressured to drag over and bounce out of the automotive shortly after his workforce ordered him to flee.
An Alfa Romeo workforce member shouted a warning by way of the radio, saying: “Large fireplace. Get the hell out of there, fast.”
Ultimately, assist arrived and the flames died down after a heavy dousing from a hearth extinguisher.
Utilizing all of his expertise, Raikkonen then took the extinguisher himself and aimed it proper on the coronary heart of the fireplace, making certain there have been no sparks remaining.
The Finnish star gave the impression to be unhurt as he circled his Alfa Romeo, making certain no additional harm could be executed, earlier than catching a elevate again to the paddock on a marshal’s automobile.
The automotive was lifted onto the again of a tow-truck by a crane, in no match state to be pushed again to the workforce storage.
The incident introduced with it a ten-minute purple flag, which means Raikkonen might face a penalty for Sunday’s race.
The incident got here simply two weeks after Grosjean was involved in a horror, 140mph crash in Bahrain.
Raikkonen caught a elevate again to the paddock on the again of a marshal’s buggyCredit score: Splash Information
Below two weeks in the past, Grosjean was concerned in a scary, fireball crash in BahrainCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Grosjean’s automotive was ripped into two items after careering by way of the guardrailsCredit score: The Mega Company
Grosjean is recovering after struggling nasty burns to his arms having been trapped within the flaming automotive for 20 secondsCredit score: Instagram @grosjeanromain
The Haas star sustained just severe burns to his hands, together with his life saved solely by his halo machine after his automotive smashed by way of the guardrails.
Again in Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton was back on the track as he made his return following his coronavirus scare in Bahrain.
The British star, 35 – already world champion for the 2020 season – missed the Sakhir GP with the virus, admitting to enduring the ‘hardest week’.
However Hamilton did not miss a beat throughout his absence, ending second in free follow two, simply 0.203 seconds behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen completed third as George Russell – Hamilton’s Mercedes substitute in Sakhir – ended up 18th again at Williams.