Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed but the bird was not so lucky, after a 200kph collision in Bahrain during Friday practice. Bild newspaper reports that the Shanghai winner, and Friday afternoon's fast...
Bild newspaper reports that the Shanghai winner, and Friday afternoon's fastest in the island Kingdom, came to blows with a wayward feathered-friend as Rosberg's Mercedes circulated the Sakhir circuit.
Video and photo footage depicted the 26-year-old German driver returning to the pits with bloodied feathers stuck in his visor.
"I thought, God, what's that?!" Rosberg told the newspaper.
"It was a violent impact, pushing my head right back. The bird exploded on the helmet, but nothing else happened," he said.
In 1960, British F1 driver Alan Stacey died at Spa-Francorchamps, after a bird smashed through his visor.
Rosberg wears a state-of-the-art EUR 12,000 Schuberth helmet.