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Formula One: Kobayashi cleared over Aussie crash

Published on Mar 16, 2014 8:16 PM
 
The car of Caterham-Renault driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan veers off the track during an accident at the start of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16, 2014. Kobayashi was cleared of any blame over a first-lap crash at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, March 16, 2014, after an investigation discovered a brake failure. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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