SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — The British Grand Prix was halted on the opening lap Sunday after a collision involving Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa of Williams.
Massa escaped unhurt and drove back to the pits without his left rear wheel, but Raikkonen emerged limping from his smashed Ferrari that had lost most of the front end and left rear wheel.
The race was stopped as 2007 champion Raikkonen was taken to the circuit medical center. He appears to have lost control of his car and hit the barriers before spinning across the track where he collided with Massa.
It resumed an hour later once debris from the crash was cleared and damage to track barriers was repaired.
Massa, in his 200th career Grand Prix, turned sharply to avoid a more serious crash after Raikkonen had lost control and cut in front of him.
Raikkonen almost collided with several other cars at the start of the Wellington Straight having run off track and then hit a bump as he rejoined.
As the Finn spun across the track, Massa threw his car into a spin to avoid a head-on accident.
Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi steered his Caterham wide to the left and across the grass to avoid contact.
Raikkonen and Massa were both starting near the rear of the grid and striving to work through the field.
“I just saw a car in front of me. Kimi crashed and he was coming into me so I turned right and he hit me. The car is very damaged,” Massa said. “It is a weekend to forget. I hope Kimi is fine as I saw he had a big crash. I wanted to have a better weekend than this but I’m happy I’m fine.”
Ferrari said they had been told by the circuit medical centre that Raikkonen had not suffered any broken bones, but had injured his right ankle.