Yamamoto mechanic injured (Video)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

One of Sakon Yamamoto’s HRT mechanics was knocked down and injured during his pit stop in today’s Italian Grand Prix.

The team released the following statement:

A member of the Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team, had an incident during Sakon Yamamoto?s pit-stop. He has remained conscious all the time and been taken immediately to the Medical Center. The situation is under control and we are waiting for more information from the Medical Centre.

The video below shows Yamamoto was given the signal to leave his pit box before the mechanic was knocked down.

Update: HRT have been fined $20,000 for releasing the car unsafely during their pit stop.

Colin Kolles said:

There was an incident with a member of our team during Sakon Yamamoto?s pit stop. First aid was immediately on the spot and he was taken to hospital for further check-up. He remained conscious and was talking to the doctor. We wish that he will recover quickly.
Colin Kolles

Yamamoto added:

The first thing I would say that I was very worried about the incident in the pit-lane. I asked if he was okay and I was told that he was not badly injured.
Sakon Yamamoto

NB. Some readers may find the video below distressing.

Thanks to TommyB89 for the tip

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  1. ok ok lollipop guy is to be blamed.

    But you cannot deny yam’s fault also, he is somewhat stupid inherently! .(2-3 races ago he accidentally pulled fire switch instead of adjusting brakes,and subsequently retired )

  2. The Comedian 39
    13th September 2010, 18:17


    new link for tht incident, seeing as FOM have copyrighted the other video already. only a matter of time before this gets copyrighted too :(

  3. How could Sakon have NOT known the guys hands were still in the cockpit? Granted the helmet cuts off most of his peripheral vision, but he must have known the guy was in there making whatever adjustment. Another tenth of a second to check if he was clear would have been the right thing to do.

    Split second misadventure by all three men; lollipop, driver, and hands-in-the-cockpit technician.

  4. What else can be said except OUCH!!!

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