Kimi Raikkonen finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in 6th place, but things could have turned a lot worse for the Finnish driver. During the first lap, Kimi tried to overtake Mark Webber on the outside and damaged his front wing in the process, having to visit the pits after the safety car was deployed. The worst was yet to come, however, as the Finn escaped a fire caused by fellow countryman Heikki Kovalainen. The McLaren driver drove out of the pits with the fuel hose still attached to his car and Kimi, right behind him, drove right into the fire.
In the end, Raikkonen admitted he was fine, except for sore eyes as a result of the pit lane incident.
“At the pitstop, I ended up with some drops of petrol in my eye, from the fuel line stuck on Kovalainen’s car and then I was engulfed in flames and blinded: I was going to stop, but luckily the flames soon went out. Even now, my eyes are still burning, but I’m alright,” added the Finnish driver.
Watch the scary moment for Kimi Raikkonen as an error by the McLaren pit crew sees fuel spray into the path of the oncoming Finn in his Ferrari at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix:
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