Yeongam: McLaren driver Jenson Button hit out at “idiot” Kamui Kobayashi after the Sauber man sent the Briton and Nico Rosberg of Germany crashing out at the start of the Korean Grand Prix Sunday.
The Japanese, criticised by other drivers in the past for his recklessness, also had to retire from the race because of the incident that occurred just moments into a Grand Prix that was won by Sebastian Vettel.
Button’s fine start from lowly 11th was wrecked when Kobayashi came flying down the inside, smashing into the McLaren and destroying its suspension.
“I’ve just been hit by Kobayashi. What an idiot!” Button, the 2009 world champion, exclaimed over the team radio. He later conceded that his championship hopes were over.
He also hit out at the Japanese after the race, saying: “It’s extremely disappointing. This is a long race, with so much opportunity for everyone.
“It’s a great circuit for overtaking, so it’s surprising to see people behaving like that on the first lap.”
Not long after Button retired, Rosberg did the same to his Mercedes because of the same incident. It was the second week in a row that the German has failed to finish a race.