The shunt cost Caterham Wednesday, too, as the team has withdrawn from the second day of testing. Reserve driver Robin Frijns had been due to take over.
“Having assessed the damage to chassis CT05-03 after Kamui’s accident yesterday in the final half hour of day one, we have decided not to run on day two,” a team statement said. “While obviously not ideal, this ensures the team can now focus on the next Grand Prix in Monaco, starting next week.”
Added Kobayashi, via the official Formula One website: “Unfortunately in the last half hour I went off in Turn 3 on run 22 and hit the barriers pretty hard. There is quite a lot of damage to the car so I’m sorry for the guys in the garage who now have a long night ahead to fix the car.”
Can’t fault Kobayashi for his effort and for his stand-up apology, but it’s unfortunate for the team who now lose a crucial opportunity to bank further mileage and development in an era of limited testing.
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.