Video: Heikki Kovalainen unhurt in major crash in Spanish Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen was involved in a a heavy impact on lap 23 of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Kovalainen waved and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd after being taken from the scene on a stretcher.

Update: according to the medical centre at the circuit Kovalainen is in a stable condition and has been taken to hospital for checks.

Update: according to the BBC Kovalainen’s crash was measured at 140mph and he suffered concussion.

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25 comments on Video: Heikki Kovalainen unhurt in major crash in Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Cooperman said on 27th April 2008, 14:02

    It was a very nasty collision with the barrier.
    Reminiscent of Burti at Spa in 2001.

  2. Sush said on 27th April 2008, 14:06

    as pointed out by James Allen, you can see through the monoquocke, where his legs would be.

    Hopefully he’s alright.

  3. And reminiscent of Schumacher’s accident at Stowe, Silverstone. Pleased to hear he’s okay though.

  4. found one movie on the crasch, these tend to dissapear quick though;http://f1bloggen.se/2008/04/27/heikki-kovalainen-i-krasch-i-spanien/

  5. Dan M said on 27th April 2008, 15:14

    His left leg looked injured. That was a scary wreck….

  6. TommyBellingham said on 27th April 2008, 15:18

    That was scary, I didnt like the way they weren’t showing him getting out the car or anything. Then I knew it was bad

  7. That crash came completely out of the blue. I suspect the cause of it was the wheel fairing coming off and cutting the tyre (the on-board shot indicates this is likely). But when it takes as long as it did for a shot of the driver to be seen, it’s never good news. At least it is almost certainly just concussion (and Heikki will probably feel a bit sore in the morning) and that he’ll most likely be back in the McLaren next race.

  8. Rohan said on 27th April 2008, 15:26

    Dan – I thought his left ankle was lolling while he was on the stretcher as if it had been dislocated/broken, but I guess I was just imagining it.

  9. Maybe it got a bit sprained, then (the ITV commentators said that nothing was broken, but it was a sizeable impact nonetheless).

  10. The doctors told me Heikki has a lot of pain in his arm and he may have torn ankle ligaments. I wasn’t able to talk to him because he was sedated due to his concussion, but the team doctor is confident he will be driving in Turkey.

  11. Callum Thomson said on 27th April 2008, 17:45

    Yeah, i thought his left ankle looked a bit wobbly too but maybe they would have supported it if he was complaining. The wheel deflation looked very similar to lewis’s accident last year. Johanna, who are you? Are you in the team?

  12. William Wilgus said on 27th April 2008, 18:10

    It’s apparent from the video that the left front tire ran over something on the track, then blew out about a second later.  Watch the video and you can see the left front wheel rise momentarily, then blow a second or so later.

  13. William Wilgus said on 27th April 2008, 18:13

    I just looked at the video again, and I may be wrong about running over something, but the left front did rise & fall.

  14. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th April 2008, 18:17

    According to McLaren it was due to a failure within the hub, possibly caused by a stone getting into it and causing it to break.

  15. Michael K said on 27th April 2008, 18:58

    Kiitos Johanna! Looks like someone from his team is posting here, if she is real, that is.

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