Disgraced racer retires from motorsport for life following 'horrific' assault
Search Driven for vehicles for sale
Like any sport, motorsport can get quite stressful in the heat of the moment, but using violence to deal with these issues has been proven to only land you in further hot water.
Over the weekend, a video of top-level kart racer Luca Colberi went viral after he decided to throw a bumper at Paulo Ippolito following a run-in that sent Colberi spinning off the track.
Not happy with missing his target on track, Colberi managed to find Ippolito in the pits after the race, and slammed him into a wall at speed. Just as bystanders manage to restrain the driver, Colberi's father (the owner of the track) does exactly the same thing to Ippolito.
Unsurprisingly, the pair of idiotic assaults imeediately attracted the attention of the FIA and Italy's karting sanctioning body, which confirmed that an investigation was underway.
Seemingly not happy with the old 'investigation' play, former Formula 1 driver Jenson Button lashed out at the Colberi duo, calling for a "life ban for both of these idiots please."
Unsurprisingly, Colberi decided to jump ship before a punishment was handed out, and retired from motorsport completely by posting a long-winded apology to his Facebook page. It remains to be seen if any legal punishments will be enforced.
"I'd like to apologize to the motorsport community for what I've done," reads a transcript of the post published by Planet F1. "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 [sic], and I really hope it won't be seen by anybody else in the future."
"I've decided to not take part in any other motorsport competition for the rest of my life, that's not a self-justice, it's simply the right thing to do," Corberi reportedly continued. "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 remembered as one of the worst in our sport and that's something I'll never forget.
"I'm not asking for 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 has been done by me, a guy who loves this sport and after the worst day of his life will still remember his good racing memories."