Kobayashi: 'Sorry for pit oopsie'
PERILS OF THE PITS: A member of Sauber's pit crew is put into an ambulance after being hit during a stop by Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi during the 2012 British F1 GP at Silverstone. Image: AFP
Author: Keith Weir
SILVERSTONE, England - Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi has apologised to his Sauber mechanics for knocking over three of them when he misjudged a pit stop during the 2012 British F1 GP.
Two needed treatment at the circuit's medical centre, one for an injured thumb and the other for cuts and bruises. The third suffered a bruised foot and was treated in the team's garage.
"Of course I had to push hard for points, but without doubt I braked too late in the pits," Kobayashi said. "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."
Swiss team Sauber had a miserable afternoon.
Kobayashi finished out of the points in 11th place, Mexican team mate Sergio Perez had to retire after clashing with Williams driver Pastor Maldonado.