Kobayashi pitted for routine service while under the race’s second safety car period before going into the queue at pit exit, where Vasselon said he was signaled to re-enter the track by a fake marshal, believed to be a driver from another team.
“It’s amazing… Someone came to tell him, and we have it on video: ‘Go go go!’ And normally, our drivers are used to the human action dominate signs,” Vasselon explained.
“From our side, we told him stop because the safety car queue was coming, and it was not possible.
“There has been, as you can imagine, some confusion. Start, stop, start, stop.
“So he had done several restarts with the clutch and the combustion engine… and burned the clutch because he has been thrown into a situation which should not exist.”
Kobayashi ground to a halt moments later and was forced to retire the car at the Porsche Curves.
In the german article, it says that the clutch is designed to only engage at at least 80 kph after accelerating with the electric engine, and not while the car is standing with the combustion engine running. Normally, they use the electric motor to accelerate out of the pits and then engage the clutch to use the combustion engine when the car left the pit.
Because the car had to start several times and the combustion engine was already running because he left the pits early, the clutch was engaged more often at speeds it isn't designed for while running the combustion engine and subsequently broke.
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