In a moment of sheer madness and stupidity, Luca Corberi has forever tarnished his name in motorsport when he threw a bumper at a rival during a race in Italy, then went a step further and attacked the driver in parc ferme after the race, joined in by his father, the owner of the circuit.
ThatOneFormula report on their YouTube channel that the 23-year-old Tony Kart driver retired nine laps into the 25-lap race after colliding with rival Paolo Ippolito. The official broadcast of the race shows Corberi standing at the side of the circuit and throwing the bumper from his kart in the direction of Ippolito as he passed by.
The incident caused a brawl in the paddock after the race, with Corberi’s father (the track owner!) attacking the driver after his son had laid into him in parc ferme. The matter will be investigated at the highest level by the FIA who said in a statement:
“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.”
Clips of the incident went viral, with 200 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button incensed by what he saw and wrote on Twitter: “Luca Corberi has just destroyed any chance he had at a racing career after his disgusting behaviour today at the FIA Karting World champs.
“His father owns the circuit and is seen power driving the guy into a wall, Life ban for both of these idiots please.”
Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport website said Corberi had posted an apology on Facebook, before deleting it.
“There are no excuses to explain why I did something so shameful,” it quoted him saying. “I have decided not to take part in any other motorsport competition for the rest of my life.”
Luca Corberi has just destroyed any chance he had at a racing career after his disgusting behaviour today at the FIA Karting World champs. His father owns the circuit and is seen power driving the guy into a wall, Life ban for both of these idiots please https://t.co/uzWD1cDJ9w
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) October 4, 2020