• Italian Grand Prix

HRT mechanic not seriously injured in pit lane incident

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sakon Yamamoto is concerned about the mechanic's wellbeing © Sutton Images
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HRT has confirmed that the mechanic involved in a serious looking pit lane incident during the Italian Grand Prix is not badly injured.

The mechanic was thrown violently to the ground after being hit by the rear of Sakon Yamamoto's car as he was adjusting the driver's radio when the lollipop-man let him go too early.

"There was an incident with a member of our team during Sakon Yamamoto's pit stop," said team boss Colin Kolles. "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."

Yamamoto, who went on to finish 19th, expressed concern for his part in the incident.

"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."

The team has been fined $20,000 for the unsafe release of the car.