FIA Ban Luca Corberi for 15 Years Over Karting Fight

Published 04/20/2021, 5:23 PM EDT


While there is a degree of tolerance for physical fights on the field of play in non-combat sports like basketball and football, it has no place on the racing track, especially when it comes to endangering the life and safety of other drivers in the way that Luca Corberi did.

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The 23-year-old was involved in a disgraceful incident at Lonato last year. During the finals of the KZ category, he crossed the track and threw the bumper of his go-kart at another driver. Mind you, the race was still ongoing and the front fairing even hit a driver, thankfully causing no harm.

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Naturally, he faced widespread condemnation from the world of motorsports for his actions towards Paolo Ippolito. Not to forget that he and his father, the owner of the track, did not stop there. They both assaulted Ippolito in the paddock as if his fit of rage on the track was not enough.

In the aftermath, Luca Corberi vowed to never race again, believing that it was the right thing to do. However, the FIA launched a formal investigation into this incident.

The final result?

Corberi has now been banned from all motorsports-related activities for the next 15 years. The tribunal, though, did not hand him a lifetime ban as they feel he deserves a second shot after serving his initial suspension.

“A 15-year sanction would be adequate and proportional, since such a sanction clearly reflects the gravity of the facts and the violence involved.”

But Luca Corberi was not always like this, per George Russell

Williams’ driver George Russell, who knows a thing or two about physical confrontations himself, raced against Corberi during his junior karting days. Seeing his former compatriot in this fit of rage shook Russell to the core.

“I raced against Luca for a good three or four years in my karting career. I didn’t really know that side of him, really. He was always pretty clean and he was always a good driver, always at the front end of the grid.

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“And I’ve never seen that side of him ever before,” Russell had said last year when the incident happened.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Williams’ George Russell during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Well, not much else can be said now. The punishment fits the crime. These physical altercations have no place in motorsports, at least not on the track.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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