Raikkonen hurt in shunt

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Kimi Raikkonen was lucky to escape serious injury after a a high-speed shunt during Formula One practice in Barcelona yesterday.

Kimi Raikkonen was lucky to escape serious injury after a a high-speed shunt during Formula One practice in Barcelona yesterday.

The Finn injured a thumb after his McLaren suffered a wheel-rim failure, which flung the car into the barriers and destroyed much of the bodywork.

Raikkonen was treated by doctors in the McLaren pit, but had suffered only bruising. He will miss testing today as a precaution.

Raikkonen said last night: "I don't really know what happened. It was quite a big impact and I'm a bit shaken up and have hurt my thumb.

"I'm not going to be testing tomorrow but hopefully Pedro de la Rosa will be able to complete the programme with the repaired car."

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