“It hurt, but sometimes it’s the really slow accidents when you can get badly hurt. The Silverstone crash was just unfortunate, it was nothing serious and just part of this sport.”
With these words Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen returned to F1 action in Hockenheim today, after the 47g impact he suffered when he crashed at the start of the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.
It meant that he was forced to miss the two day test at Silverstone, Jules Bianchi stood in for him and set the fastest time on the second day.
The Finn would not say that it was the worst accident he had suffered in his long F1 career but in terms of the peak g of the impact it must be there or thereabouts,
“I had some pain afterwards, not so much in my leg, but more in my ribs,” he explained. “That was why I did not drive in the (Silverstone) test, but it’s all fine now.”
Raikkonen has not been enjoying the best of seasons since switching to Ferrari; he has just 19 points on the board compared to 87 for his team mate Fernando Alonso.
“I believe the situation will turn around at some point, as it can’t go on much longer like this,” he said this afternoon.
“It’s true it’s no fun, but we have been in this situation before and always managed to turn it around. I strongly believe we can fix the issues and be back where we should be.
“How soon? I hope quickly but I am not worried about my future.”
Raikkonen suggested in Silverstone that he will drive for Ferrari again in 2015 and then call time on his F1 career.