Raikkonen suffers minor hand injury in snowmobile race

By on Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kimi Raikkonen taking part in the Swatch Snow Mobile race in Austria

While taking part in the Swatch Snow Mobile race in Austria, Kimi Raikkonen lost control of his 75-horsepower snowmobile while approaching a corner too quickly and fell off, according to reports from Austrian website Sport10.at. The Swatch Snow Mobile Race is a five-day event held in the popular ski resort of Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria.

The 2007 Formula 1 world champion is reported to have fallen on the first run in the event, injuring his left wrist. Raikkonen was immediately attended to by two paramedics but fortunately the injury was found to be not serious. For safety reasons, he will not participate in the remainder of the event.

The Lotus Renault GP team issued a message on its official Twitter account saying, "We just spoke to Kimi. There's nothing to worry about, he only has a sore wrist. He might have it checked again on Monday, but that's all."

Chief event organizer Andy Wernig also added, "Our doctor has examined Kimi's left hand. He is wearing a small bandage now and he will be with the other celebrities in the photocall."

Raikkonen recently signed a two-year deal to return to Formula 1 with Lotus Renault GP, which will be renamed as the Lotus F1 team in 2012. The team had lost their lead driver Robert Kubica in a rallying accident prior to the start of the 2011 season. According to some sources, the team has plans to prevent the 'Iceman' from taking part in any risky activities in the future but that clause in his contract will only take effect starting on January 1, 2012.

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