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Kamui Kobayashi crashes Ferrari F60 in Moscow

Kobayashi raced for Sauber last season. (©GettyImages)
Kobayashi raced for Sauber last season. (©GettyImages).

Former Formula 1 pilot Kamui Kobayashi has crashed a 2009 Ferrari F60 in front of a local crowd during a demonstration run in the Moscow City Racing auto show.

While attempting a burnout, the Amagasaki-born racer smashed his Ferrari into the trackside barriers, leaving a trail of debris behind as he coasted down the road.

Kobayashi eventually came to a halt on three wheels.

Describing the incident as "a shame", Kobayashi returned to the track a few minutes later in the team's backup car, brought to the event in case of such an incident.

"The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier," he said to Ferrari's F1 website.

Kobayashi, who last raced in F1 with the Sauber team last year, has been an employee of Ferrari since joining AF Corsa, a Ferrari-owned World Endurance Championship team, in March.

Speaking of his chances of securing a F1 drive in 2014 and beyond, the Japanese driver lamented the current economic situation in the series.

"At the moment, there are many teams who prefer to choose their drivers based on how much money they can bring, rather than their ability on track," he said. 

"[But] my aim is to be back there as soon as possible and I am working hard to succeed."

Kobayashi has once previously tested a Ferrari F1 car: the team's 2010 F10 in May.

Caterham, Lotus, Marussia and McLaren were also present at Moscow City Racing.

Russia is expected to host its first Formula 1 Grand Prix next year at the under-construction Sochi International Circuit.

"It was nice to see so much enthusiasm for Formula 1. You can tell there is a lot of passion and desire to see real racing cars," he said.


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