Lotus driver Kimi R�ikk�nen hurt in snowmobile crash

Newly signed Lotus Formula One driver Kimi R�ikk�nen has injured his hand in a crash in a snowmobile race – but the team say the Finn is not seriously hurt.

The 32-year-old former world champion is returning to Formula One with Lotus in 2012 after two years in the World Rally Championship.

The Hethel-backed team, who raced as Renault in 2011, said on Twitter: 'Kimi is absolutely fine. There's nothing to worry about, he only has a sore wrist. He might have it checked again on Monday, but that's all.'

R�ikk�nen's return to F1 with Lotus was announced less than two weeks ago and team boss Eric Boullier has said that signing the 2007 world champion should be taken as a mark of their ambition.

Any nervousness at R�ikk�nen's accident is understandable – given Renault lost lead driver Robert Kubica last winter to a serious rally accident before the season was under way.

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