Luca Corberi, the 23-year old who flew off the handle after an on-track incident at the KZ World Championship, has offered to hand in his racing licence and declared he will not take part in motorsport competition for the rest of his life.
Corberi posted a statement on social media, but has since deleted his account.
Social media comments that Corberi and his dad attacked a minor are incorrect – Paolo Ippolito is in his 20s and has been racing senior classes for several years.
The FIA has launched an investigation. FIA Karting President Felipe Massa stated “This behaviour is unacceptable in our sport. Those individuals will face the consequences of their action.”
Corberi, FIA and Tony Kart statements are below.
I’d like to apologize to the motorsport community for what I’ve done. 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 conscious 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 remember his good racing memories.
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 in to the incidents.
The Tony Kart Racing Team, as known active for decades at international level, has always been grounding its business, both on and off the track, to firm principles of fairness, loyalty and sincere sportsmanship, which have characterized and are still connoting its characteristic features, in all the categories it is competing in and as proved by a great crowd of drivers who are protagonists within the whole world of motorsport, at several levels, including professional and Formula 1.
For these reasons, we cannot ignore what happened on and off the track, during and after the final of the 2020 FIA Karting KZ World Championship at the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato, on October 4th, 2020 which does not meet the standards declared by the Tony Kart Racing Team.
Therefore, we show closeness and solidarity with all the people and realities involved in the event, absolutely certain that karting is an activity that teaches, with strictness, education and sacrifice, from a young age, to respect and follow all safety and fairness rules, and certainly not only on the track, allowing young people to grow and be better not only in motorsport, but also and especially in life.