Mr Bean star in flipped F1 supercar drama

Last updated 10:24 29/05/2014
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Footage shows the remains of a McLaren F1 after it flipped and crashed into a tree.

Rowan Atkinson
APPLAUDABLE: Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson has come to the rescue of a driver who had wrapped his F1 car around a tree.

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Rowan Atkinson may have become famous playing characters of dubious value in a tight spot, but the English actor turns out to more useful in a real emergency.

The star best known for his roles as Mr Bean, Blackadder and Johnny English was in a group driving through the Italian countryside in their McLaren F1 supercars on Tuesday, when one of the cars, driven by a wealthy American businessman, crashed. The car ended up down a bank, on its roof, and against a tree.

Italian La Nazionale said the crashed vehicle had been in a four-car McLaren F1 caravan that included Atkinson, driving through Tuscany, when the driver of the white-and-red F1 lost control for reasons still unknown.

Atkinson was one of the first on the scene and was photographed picking up pieces of wreckage, The Telegraph reported.
The driver of the crashed car was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Pisa, where his condition was said to be not serious.

Atkinson crashed his own F1 into a tree in England in 2011. He escaped with minor injuries but the car cost £910,000 (NZ$1.8 million) to repair.

He had bought the 390kmh car in 1997 with the proceeds from his first Mr Bean film.

The films and comedy series are popular in Italy and Matteo Renzi, the 39-year old prime minister, is often lampooned by the Italian media for his passing resemblance to Mr Bean.

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