Ferrari mechanic hit by Raikkonen says he's OK after surgery

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Ferrari mechanic hit by Raikkonen says he's OK after surgery
CORRECTS FROM BITTED TO HIT-Ferrari mechanic Francesco, lies on the ground after being hit by Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen during a pit stop the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Pool/Giuseppe Cacace Via AP)

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — The Ferrari mechanic who was hospitalized with a broken leg after being struck by Kimi Raikkonen’s car says he is “OK” following surgery.

On Instagram, Francesco Cigarini wrote “Surgery ok. I have to thank all the people worried for me.”

Cigarini included a photo of himself on a hospitable bed giving the thumbs up with his left leg covered in a cast from his thigh down to his toes.

The post was liked by Raikkonen.

The incident occurred during a botched tire change at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. As Raikkonen pulled away, his rear left tire hit Cigarini’s leg, knocking him to the ground.

Ferrari said Cigarini likely sustained a “shinbone and fibula fracture.”

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the race.