|Nico Rosberg and Kamui Kobayashi steer their cars back onto the circuit after a first-lap collision during the Korean Grand Prix (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Out of a contract for next year, Kamui Kobayashi had a race to forget during Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix after he not only ruined his own outing but also of title-contender Jenson Button.
On the opening lap, the Sauber driver appeared to go for a small gap at Turn 3 but ended up hitting the Briton’s McLaren and also clipped the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
All three drivers retired as a result, with the Japanese ending his race on lap 17 as the damage he incurred was a bit too much to continue.
"We were four cars side by side approaching Turn 3. I had Nico to the right and Jenson and Sergio (Perez) on my left hand side,” Kobayashi explained. “Someone hit my rear tyre and then it was impossible to control the car, but I had to brake at some point.”
The 26-year-old however admitted that it was his mistake and apologised for the accident although he insisted that it was difficult for him to avoid it as he had nowhere to go.
Button, who called Kobayashi an “idiot” over the team radio shortly after he parked his car on the circuit was left extremely disappointed.
“This is a long race, with so much opportunity for everyone. It’s a great circuit for overtaking, so it’s surprising to see people behaving like that on the first lap,” said the McLaren driver who admitted that he no longer had a realistic chance to win the title.
“Scoring points for the team in the constructors’ world championship will be the most important priority, so I’ll be focusing on picking up as many as I possibly can,” he added stating that he will be out to enjoy the remaining four races in the season.