Pilot Algarve Pro Racing from the category LMP2 Vincent Kapeller explained why he decided to show the thumb Kamui Kobayashi during the race “24 hours Le-Mana”.
The Japanese stood at the exit from the pit lane at the red traffic signal when his car ran over a man in a helmet and orange jumpsuit and demonstrated the gesture that the driver of the Toyota was taken for a sign on the road. In the darkness he could not see that actually it was not a Marshal. By order of the command Kamui stopped again, but this led to overheating of the clutch on the prototype TS050 Hybrid, which later led to the first.
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“I wanted to show their support for the leading car, which was stopped at a red light a few metres from my boxes. It was a spontaneous gesture of support, – quotes the AUTOSPORT Capillary. For this gesture, I was fined and I admit that it was inappropriate. Sorry about that.”
Technical Director Toyota Motorsport Pascal Vasselon hopes that the French will apologize to the team.
“We understand that his gesture was no evil intent, he said. – I hope that at least he would come and apologize as this is not yet done.”
Russian rider G-Drive Racing Roman Rusinov told that she understood why Kobayashi was confused, because he was in such a situation in qualifying.
“When you show your thumb, you rush forward, – said Roman. – Review from the inside of the machine is very limited, so if you’re standing at the exit of the pit lane before a red light and you show that you can go, you go. Maybe broken traffic light. Know where it is?”
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