Kamui Kobayashi crashes Ferrari Formula 1 car in Moscow

Because F1 drivers are still humans, after all
Jul 22, 2013


Former Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi joined Ferrari in March as one of its drivers for the 2013 World Endurance Championship. In May, he was given the opportunity to drive the Italian team\'s 2010 car, the F10, at the Fiorano test track in preparation for a driving event in Moscow on July 21.

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Well, it seems Kobayashi\'s test session in the F10 wasn\'t enough since, at the event in Moscow held yesterday, the Japanese driver lost control of the car and slammed it against a barrier.

Kobayashi was apparently doing a burnout on the very wet makeshift circuit when he lost control and struck the barrier. It\'s even possible that Kobayashi very nearly lost his life in the crash as one angle from a video camera showed the right front tire flying up into the air after it hit the barrier, only to land back on the barrier and then bounce onto the car right in front of the driver\'s head.

Fortunately for Kobayashi, Ferrari had a second F10 on hand, and in around 20 minutes, he was out again doing an incident-free lap on the streets of Moscow.

\"The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier,\" the Japanese driver said afterward. \"A shame, but I am pleased the team let me out again after a few minutes.\"

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Do you think this will affect his chances of replacing Felipe Massa for that precious spot on the F1 grid?


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