Kobayashi handed five-place grid penalty for British GP

Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi handed five-place grid penalty for next race in British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He was crashed with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa through the European GP race at Valencia.

The Japanese speedy involved in double contact with Bruno Senna and Felipe Massa, way out the swing bridge, Kobayashi mounded into the side of the Ferrari.

“What a race today, but I am very disappointed,” said the Japanese driver. “I definitely had a good start from seventh. I made up two positions straight away and then overtook Pastor Maldonado on Lap 1. I was fourth and it looked promising.

“At my first pit-stop, after 14 laps, we had a problem with the front-left wheel. After that I was 11th and still had a good chance. On Lap 20 I was following Kimi Räikkönen, who was overtaking Bruno Senna, and then was on the inside next to Senna. I had the wall (on my right) and nowhere to go when we touched. I had to pit for a nose change.”

“Later, when the race was restarted after the Safety Car period, I was fighting with Felipe Massa for position. Our cars touched and this time the damage was too bad to continue.”

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