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GP Week : Issue 161
Three Sauber mechanics were lucky to escape with only minor injuries after Kamui Kobayashi’s over-zealous entry to his pit box for his second and final pitstop. The Japanese admitted to braking too late in the pitlane before ploughing into his mechanics, but they miraculously escaped with nothing more than cuts, bruises and one sore thumb. “First of all the accident at the pitstop was my fault and I want to apologise to the team. Of course I had to push hard for points, but without doubt I braked too late in the pit lane,” explained Kobayashi. “The front wheels locked, I couldn’t control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box. I am terribly sorry this happened, and I hope the three mechanics I hit get well soon.” The three mechanics were treated in the medical centre after the incident but had all returned to the team within two hours of the end of the race. Kobayashi was fighting for points at the time of the pitstop, but the 15-second delay ultimately pushed him outside the points in 11th, instead of being able to fight for seventh place. “I am obviously hoping our three mechanics make a speedy recovery from their injuries and are fully fit again very soon,” added team principal Peter Sauber. “Up until Kamui’s second pit stop, during which he lost 15 seconds, he had a very good chance of scoring points.” Kobayashi was called in front of the stewards after the race, before being fined €25,000 for what they called a “very dangerous manoeuvre which had potentially serious implications” . SAUBER MECHANICS LARGELY UNHURT IN PIT ACCIDENT Kobayashi f ined for dangerous driving 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SILVERSTONE