Moscow City Racing 2013: Kobayashi spectacular in rainy streets
22 Jul 2013
Yesterday was a wet Sunday in Moscow which didn't bring much luck. The fifth running of the Moscow City Racing event, which since 2008 has seen gathered together the best of motorsport in the heart of the Russian capital, took place in bad weather, with rain falling on and off throughout the day, sometimes quite heavily.
Kobayashi was in Russia to drive the Ferrari F60: things got off to a rather too spectacular start when he crashed and badly damaged the car he was driving, but fortunately Ferrari had a second car on hand.
“The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier,” he explained. “A shame, but I am pleased the team let me out again after a few minutes.
“I was very impressed by the city: you know, I come from a big place like Tokyo, but you don’t feel the weight of history there as you do in Moscow. Also, it was nice to see so much enthusiasm for Formula One: you can tell there is a lot of passion and a desire to see real racing cars. I really hope that next year, Russia can stage its first ever Grand Prix!”
Ferrari were one of five Formula One teams taking part in the event, along with Caterham, Lotus, Marussia and McLaren.
On monday morning Kobayashi visited the Virus Lab Kaspersky too. A very special week-end for the japanese driver, who's aiming for early Formula 1 return.