Chinese Grand Prix – Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has explained the process that led to a team mechanic getting hurt during Raikkonen’s second pitstop last Sunday.
Raikkonen was in the hunt for a strong podium position during last Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix when he came into the pits with twenty laps to go to go for an aggressive final stint on the SuperSofts. However, a sticky wheel meant he was released without changing the wheel, catching his mechanics by surprise and resulting in injuries to Francesco Cigarini. The Italian mechanic is currently recovering well in hospital. Raikkonen was forced to retire due to the incident.
Speaking at the team personnel press conference on Friday, Arrivabene outlined the team’s position on the incident:
“Just to make it clear once, forever, first of all we the team were hurt that a person was injured.” he said. “So it was in our interest to review the overall procedure.”
“We’ve done it together with the FIA, They care about safety as we care about safety. We went through the procedure.
“We have a procedure to ensure the pit stop during the race they are done in the most safe mode. In this case we have three factors. One involves human control, the other involves mechanical, the other involves electronic device.
“What’s happened there we had a mishandling of the rear left, it was not perfectly read by the electronic device, which gave the green light. Again we want through the procedure together with FIA, making sure this thing doesn’t happen again. And it’s in our interest because we care about our people before anything else.”
With Cigarini still recovering from his injuries in hospital, Arrivabene thanked all the medical staff who have been working hard to get the Ferrari man back to full health as quickly as possible:
“I would like to thank our doctor, the medical staff of FIA and also the authorities of Bahrain, they granted to us immediately the best doctor in Bahrain to do the surgery and they were assisting us 24 hours a day, so thanks to them.”