Updated: 09/07/2012 13:19 | By pa.press.net

Kobayashi sorry for pit box incident



Kamui Kobayashi has apologised over a pit stop incident

Kamui Kobayashi has apologised over a pit stop incident

Kamui Kobayashi has apologised to his Sauber team after sending four mechanics flying during the British Grand Prix.

Kobayashi overcooked his approach into the pit box as he came in for his second stop, hitting three of the crew ready to change his front-right tyre and the front-jack man. Two of the team were taken to Silverstone's medical centre for treatment, one for an injured thumb and the other for cuts and bruises, whilst a third suffered a bruised foot.

A repentant Kobayashi, who finished just outside the points in 11th, said: "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."

He added: "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 trio are now back with the team and should be fit for the next round at Hockenheim in Germany in a fortnight's time.

Team principal Peter Sauber said: "I am obviously hoping our three mechanics make a speedy recovery from their injuries and are fully fit again very soon."

Given the unsafe nature of the pit stop, the stewards later fined Kobayashi 25,000 euros (£19,830).

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