Kamui Kobayashi’s first public outing in a Ferrari Formula 1 car had a rather embarrassing incident when the Japanese driver crashed his car during yesterday’s Moscow City Racing demonstration on the streets of the Russian capital.
The former Sauber and Toyota Grand Prix racer – who now drives for Ferrari’s GT programme – was piloting the Italian marque’s 2009 F1 racer, the F60, when he lost control on the very wet road as he approached a bend, biffing the barriers head-on and causing extensive damage to the car.
Fortunately Ferrari had come prepared with a spare car, and the Japanese Grand Prix podium-finisher was able to resume running in a little over 20 minutes.
“The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier,” he sheepishly admitted later on.
“[It’s] a shame, but I am pleased the team let me out again after a few minutes.”
The annual event also saw demonstration runs from McLaren, Caterham, Marussia, Lotus and a selection of DTM teams, who all managed to complete their runs without incident.
Wet conditions had plagued the area, and there was tragedy at the nearby Moscow Raceway circuit, which was hosting the round of the World Superbike Championship.
In the World Supersport support bike race, Italian rider Andrea Antonelli was killed in an opening-lap crash, falling off his bike before being collected by an unsighted Lorenzo Zanetti.