• Australian GP

Brake issue caused Kobayashi crash

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Kamui Kobayashi's first corner accident at the Australian Grand Prix was due to a "serious technical failure" and not driver error, according to the stewards investigating the incident.

Kobayashi locked up both front tyres on the run down to Turn 1, hitting Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari and taking out Felipe Massa's Williams on his way to the gravel trap. The team confirmed he suffered a brake system issue and is now working with the FIA to solve the problem.

"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 stewards' statement read.

Kobayashi said he could do nothing to slow the car.

"That isn't how I wanted my first race back to go, and I'm 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.

"After the race I went to the Stewards and they went through the data from the car and confirmed this was the case. We'll have a close look at what caused that problem and make sure we fix it.

"It's been a tough weekend for us, but we still have a lot more data that will help us keep improving, and the really positive thing is that we were still quite competitive, even with the issues we had on Friday. Race two is Malaysia, one of our team's home races, and we'll keep pushing there, just as we will all weekend."

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