It’s the 27th April and this is F1Minute.
From pole position to the chequered flag, Kimi Räikkönen won a relatively easy race at the Circuit de Catalunya, and was joined on the podium by Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton. Alonso lost out a place on the start but was keeping up with the front runners. Unfortunately he had an engine failure about halfway through the race and had to retire in front of his home crowd.
The big news of the weekend was for Heikki Kovalainen, though, who suffered a wheel failure at 150mph and crashed into the tyre barriers. The car seemed to be heavily embedded in the tyre wall, and the safety car was brought out whilst the situation was cleared up. Kovalainen was stretchered to the medical centre, giving the thumbs up to the crowd as he went, and later airlifted to hospital for further checks. Ron Dennis has told reporters that all the scans are clear, and Heikki has suffered only a concussion, after losing consciousness at the scene for a moment. He’ll stay in hospital overnight and Dennis is confident he’ll be cleared to race in Turkey.
That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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References Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Felipe Massa, Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton
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