'Out of line': F1 drivers denounce Corberi after karting incident
F1 drivers - some of whom raced against him - have denounced the behavior of Luca Corberi, calling it dangerous.
It only took one egregious act to turn an entire community against Corberi, the kart racer who made headlines after throwing his KZ-class kart's front bumper onto the track. His weighty bumper went into the paths of his rivals, as he targeted one who had been a source of frustration for him in laps prior in FIA World Karting Championship finale.
Corberi later pursued this aforementioned driver in parc ferme where his father Marco - owner of Lonato track, joined in. These two actions resulted in immediate backlash from the racing community, and though he subsequently apologized, many remain disgusted by his behavior.
Among those many are numerous F1 drivers, some of whom raced against the 23-year-old Italian prior to their respective open-wheel racing careers. Max Verstappen, George Russell and Lance Stroll are all some of those who have raced against him previously. “I guess it's very clear that that's not what you want to happen," said the Dutchman to media including Racefans.net, Motorsport Network, BBC, Reuters and more in press conference.
"It was also pretty unsafe. I mean, arguments happen in sport, I guess that's normal, but try to keep it by just having conversations. But I think everybody saw that it was unacceptable. He said that himself I think, and that he stopped racing. Let's see what's going to happen," he added, referencing a pledge from Corberi to never race again, even after years of involvement in the motorsports scene.
Williams' Russell also took issue with Corberi's actions, stating that he endangered himself as well as others. "First and foremost he put himself in a huge amount of danger," he said. "Standing at that point of a track, ultimately you put somebody else in a huge amount of danger as well with the actions he took when he was on track.
"And obviously following up what happened in the pits was unacceptable in any walk of life ultimately. Motorsport is incredibly passionate and there's no excuse for anybody to react in that manner, so I trust the FIA are going to impose the correct penalties."
The third active F1 driver that went toe-to-toe with Corberi at one point in his career, Stroll was equally appalled, as the Canadian stated plainly that such behavior is not to be tolerated. "I think he was completely out of line," he began, his opinion ironically 'in line' with those of his fellow drivers.
"Behaviour like that can't be tolerated in our sport. That shows a bad example to the young generation. We fight so hard on track, there's just no need for violence off the track. That's how I see it. I believe the FIA is going to handle it, as they should, and something like that needs to be heavily addressed. There needs to be a severe penalty for his actions.
Teammate Sergio Perez added: "Just out of line. He put his life at risk his colleagues life at risk. There should be a sanction." Like him, Red Bull's Alexander Albon, who did not race with Corberi, but he, as well, felt it was not a good behaviour and something that he had never seen in karting before.
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida and edited by Darshan Chokhani]