Videos filmed by fans during the Brazilian Grand Prix give a new perspective on Kimi Raikkonen’s near-miss after crashing out of the race.
Raikkonen’s car snapped out of control on the pit straight following a Safety Car restart on lap 19. His Ferrari struck the barrier on the outside of the track then came to a rest after hitting the pit wall.
He was running in third place at the time of his crash which meant almost the entire pack had to dodge his spinning car. Manor driver Esteban Ocon had the luckiest escape, passing dangerously close to striking the Ferrari head-on, as these videos show.
Raikkonen blamed aquaplaning for the crash. “I got it in a place where I was not expecting it,” he explained. “I spun off on the straight.”
“I almost got the car back, but then I went off in a pretty bad place.”
The race ran in constant rain which had begun falling hours before the race. “It was not raining heavily, but there was a lot of standing water,” Raikkonen added.
Raikkonen said afterwards his crash would have been less likely to happen on previous generations of Formula One’s wet weather tyres.
Ocon, who went on to finish in 12th place, described his near-miss with Raikkonen as “one millimetre close” on the radio. “It’s blind in the straight line now,” he added. The race was stopped for the first time following Raikkonen’s crash.