Luca Corberi, the young karter who assaulted a rival in Sunday’s World Karting Championships, has vowed to ban himself from motorsport for the rest of his life.
The KZ Final held at Lonate saw young Corberi throw a bumper at rival Paolo Ippolito as he sought revenge on his opponent after an on-track clash between the two had stranded the former.
But a furious Corberi than assaulted his rival in Parc Fermé, with a brawl erupting between the two karters and several members of Corberi’s team, including his father, who owns the Lonate karting complex.
Both racers were disqualified from the event, while the FIA issued on Monday a statement on the incident.
“The FIA and ACI are deeply concerned by the disturbing events that occurred yesterday during the FIA Karting KZ World Championship in Lonato, Italy, involving drivers, team members and track officials. The FIA has launched an immediate investigation into the incidents,” said motorsport’s governing body.
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Furthermore, CIK FIA president Felipe Massa, who was present this weekend in Italy, also promised sanctions against all those involved in the shocking events.
“This behaviour is unacceptable in our sport,” Massa wrote on Instagram. “Those individuals will face the consequences of their actions.”
The shocking circumstances were unanimously condemned on social media by several high-profile motorsport figures, including Jenson Button and McLaren boss Zak Brown who both called for a lifetime ban on Corberi.
But on Monday afternoon, Corberi addressed Sunday’s events in a statement, and vowed to ban himself from all karting or motorsport events for the rest of his life!
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“I’d like to apologize to the motorsport comunity for what I’ve done,” wrote Corberi.
“There are no excuses to explain why I’ve done such a disgraceful act, this has been something I’ve never done in my 15 years of career, and I really hope it won’t be seen by anybody else in the future.
“After the race, once I’ve been called by the sporting judges, I’ve asked them to take my licence away because I was fully conscius about my irreparable mistakes, but as they showed me, they don’t have the power for doing it, it’s written in the international rules, so please, don’t be against them, they were just doing their work in the best way they could.
“For this reason I’ve decided to don’t take part to any other motorsport competition for the rest of my life, that’s not a self justice, it’s simply the right thing to do. My family has been in karting since 1985, we’ve seen it grow, we’ve seen the best and the worst part of it.
“This episode will be remember as one of the worst in our sport and that’s something I’ll never forget.
“I’m not asking any indulgence, because I don’t deserve it. I will totally agree with the punishments required. I’m writing today to say sorry even if it’s not enough, because after all the bad things that happened during this event, the worst ever has been done by me, a guy who love this sport and after the worst day of his life will still rememeber his good racing memories. Thank you.”
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