Formula One: Kobayashi cleared over Aussie crash
Published on Mar 16, 2014 8:16 PM
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Japan's Kamui Kobayashi was cleared of any blame over a first-lap crash at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after an investigation discovered a brake failure.
The Japanese, in his first race for Caterham, ploughed into the back of Felipe Massa's Williams at turn one in an incident which ended the season-opening grand prix for both drivers.
Massa later called for Kobayashi to be given a one-race ban over the crash, the same punishment handed to Lotus's Romain Grosjean after a similar incident at Belgium in 2012.
But after reviewing technical data, stewards found the crash was caused by a "serious technical failure completely outside the control of the driver".
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