Kamui Kobayashi has apologised to his pit crew after he braked too late during a British Grand Prix pit stop and knocked three of them over.
“The accident was my fault and I want to apologise to the team,” Kobayashi said. “Of course I had to push hard for points but without doubt I braked too late in the pitlane. The front wheels locked; I couldn’t control the car and this is how I overshot the pit box.
“I am terribly sorry this happened and I hope the three mechanics I hit get well soon.”
Two of the team are reported to have been taken to the medical centre for treatment – one for a dislocated thumb and one for cuts and bruises. A third mechanic is reported to have sustained a bruised foot which was treated in the Sauber garage.
The FIA have deemed the incident an “unsafe manoeuvre in the pits” and have fined the Japanese driver 25,000 Euro.