Arrivabene: Three factors to botched pit stop

Date published: April 13 2018

Francesco Cigarini, the pit crew member who suffered a broken leg in a botched pit stop in Bahrain, is doing “fine” according to Maurizio Arrivabene.

Cigarini underwent surgery on Sunday night after Kimi Raikkonen accidentally ran over him as he pulled away from the pits.

The Finn was given the green light to leave the pits, however, Cigarini was standing in front of his rear left tyre as it was still being changed.

Arrivabene said: “Francesco is fine. He went back to Italy yesterday so it’s all under control.

“As a team principal, I was talking to him every day. He’s at home, it’s all OK.”

As for what went wrong last Sunday, the Ferrari team boss said an electronic device “was not perfectly read”, but that was just part of the problem.

He added: “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, and the other involves electronic device.

“What happened there, we had a mishandling and the rear left was not perfectly read by the electronic device, which then gives the green light.”

Ferrari have already reviewed the incident along with the FIA.

“We went through all the procedure together with FIA to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again,” Arrivabene added.

“It’s in our interest, because we care about our people before anything else.”