Jul 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Kamui Kobayashi’s efforts to entertain fans in Russian came to an abrupt halt when he crashed his Ferrari into a barrier.
Kobayashi was doing demonstration runs for the team at the fifth annual Moscow City Racing event. He lost control of his car, an F60 of the type raced by the team in 2009, on a wet road.
Fortunately the former Sauber driver was unhurt and was able to resume driving in a spare car later on.
“The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier,” Kobayashi explained.
“For this I would once again like to thank the team and its sponsor Kaspersky Lab,” he added. “It is important to be able to bring Formula 1 close to the public with promotional events like this: a shame about the rain as otherwise the crowd might have been even bigger.”
Kobayashi’s misfortune was captured on video by several fans. Here’s one of them:
Kobayashi joined Ferrari’s World Endurance Championship GT racing team after being dropped by Sauber at the end of 2012. However he still plans to return to Formula One and has raised $1.8m (¥184.6m) from his fans to find a seat in F1 next year.
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