Kobayashi escapes penalty after Massa clash

Kobayashi escapes penalty after Massa clash

16 March 2014 – Kamui Kobayashi will not be penalised for colliding with Felipe Massa on the opening lap of the Australian Grand Prix, with it becoming clear that the Japanese driver suffered a "serious technical failure".

The Caterham driver rear-ended his Williams rival on the run down to the first corner in Melbourne, ending their respective races on the spot.

But after post-race investigations confirmed that Kobayashi suffered a brake failure, the stewards decided to take no further action.

"The stewards determine that the incident was caused by a serious technical failure completely outside the control of the driver," read a report by the panel, including ex-Formula 1 driver Emanuele Pirro.

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