Despite three separate front wing problems at last weekend’s Australian GP, Kamui Kobayashi does not believe that a fundamental design or structural flaw exists with the Sauber C29 front-end.

Kamui’s first front wing incident occurred during the first Free Practice session of the Australian GP, when he clobbered a stupidly-placed bollard at the entrance to the Turn 11-12 sweeps of the Albert Park circuit. The contact sheared the left-half of the front with clean off, and after wing was replaced, the replacement collapsed on Kamui’s out-lap from the pits.

"I think the front wing came off three times. There was no problem with the front wing but the first one was because of my mistake at the beginning [of free practice] in Melbourne," the former Toyota stand-in said.

"I hit a pylon at the fast corner. I think we tried to repair it and maybe there was still a problem with it – and maybe some miscommunication in the team – and we didn’t change the complete kit of the front wing – I think that was the problem with the second wing.

"The third and last wing was maybe because of some contact with someone; it was not really a big crash, or whatever, but maybe I touched [Vitaly] Petrov with the front wing just after the start and then Tonio [Liuzzi] at Turn 3.

"After Turn 5 the wing was on but suddenly I lost it on the straight – there was nothing I could do. We just have to make a stronger front wing."

Or you need to stop clobbering bollards and other cars, Kamui!

[Original image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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