Ferrari has provided the FIA with its investigation into its pit stop error that left a team mechanic with a broken leg at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen was given the green light to leave the pit box while his left-rear wheel had yet to be removed, resulting in the Finn running over a mechanic working on that corner of the car. Francesco Cigarini was left with a broken leg in two places as a result, and Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says an investigation has now taken place to avoid a repeat.
“Just to make it clear, once, forever: First of all, the team was hurt,” Arrivabene said. “We have a person who was injured, so it was in our interest to review the overall procedure. We have done our review, together with the FIA I have to say, as they are caring about safety, as we are caring about safety.
“We went through all the procedures. We have a procedure to ensure that the pit stops during the race are done in the most safe mode. In this case we have three factors – one involves human control, the other involves mechanical, the other involves electronic device.
“What’s happening there is we have a mishandling of the rear left. It was not perfectly read by the electronic device that gives the green light. We went through all the procedure together with the FIA, making sure that this thing doesn’t happen again, and it’s in our interest, because we care about our people, before anything else.”
Arrivabene says additional failsafes have been put in place for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Ferrari also carrying out a number of practice pit stops to prepare its re-organized pit crew after the incident.
“Due to the fact that we were hurt by what happened we conducted an internal investigation into the procedure. On Thursday we shared the data also with the FIA who are taking care of the safety. We didn’t change our procedure – we have additional measures to make sure that these things are not going to happen again.”
McLaren also had a pit stop issue during Friday practice in China, with Stoffel Vandoorne being released from his pit box with one wheel loose and having to stop on track.