Kobayashi not responsible for Massa crash – stewards

2014 Australian Grand Prix

Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, Albert Park, 2014The FIA stewards have ruled Kamui Kobayashi was not responsible for causing the first-corner collision with removed him and Felipe Massa from the race.

A fault in Kobayashi’s Caterham was blamed for his loss of control at turn one as the race began.

“Having heard from the driver and the technical representatives of the team, and especially reviewing the technical data, the stewards determine that the incident was caused by a serious technical failure completely outside the control of the driver.

“The team is directed to work with the FIA technical delegate in determining the cause of the systems failure.”

Kobayashi said he was “sorry for the team and for Felipe that both our races ended early”.

“I had a really good start but then into turn one I made contact with Felipe. From the initial data it looked like I had a brake system issue which obviously meant I couldn’t do much about the contact and when we got the car back and looked at the information in much more detail it was clear that was the problem.”

Massa initially blamed Kobayashi for the collision and called for him to be banned following the crash.

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39 comments on Kobayashi not responsible for Massa crash – stewards

  1. Perhaps the rear brake failure mode was to instantly lock up hard when he touched the pedal. Locked wheels don’t slow you down properly. If the fronts were fine and the rears were not working at all I’d expect the car to spin?

  2. Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 18th March 2014, 12:54

    Just saw some interesting pictures of the crash, Kobayashi actually hit Räikkönen first and very hard, and then Massa… Kimi was pretty damn lucky! (Link in finnish)

    • Nickpkr251 said on 21st March 2014, 4:37

      Yes he was aiming for Kimi and broke the front right wheel before crashing into Massa.

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