Narain Karthikeyan has revealed that a loss of hydraulic pressure triggered the chain of events that resulted in a scary collision with Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi. The HRT driver slowed coming through turns 15 and 16 before being collected by the Mercedes but Karthikeyan claimed his steering had been adversely affected before the crash.
“Today we didn’t have enough pace so I focused on setting consistent lap times and trying to get the most out of the car. But on lap 9 we had a problem with the hydraulic pressure and steering of the car went rock solid, so I had to lift my foot off the accelerator. Unfortunately, Rosberg was coming from behind and couldn’t avoid me. It was tremendously unlucky but we have to leave it in the past and think about the United States Grand Prix in two weeks”.
Teammate Pedro de la Rosa did see the chequered flag in seventeenth place and the Spaniard also had an eventful evening, starting on the formation lap.
“I’m happy to have finished the race and because I gave it everything. But today we were unable to stay on the same level as our rivals. We had a problem at the start when a thread on one of the blankets for the rear tyres got tangled up and I had to start from the pit lane with very cold tyres”, he explained.
“But during the race the car went well, the tyres held out perfectly on one stop and we controlled the temperature of the brakes and engine. But we need a couple of tenths to be up there and I hope we can take that step in the upcoming races. It won’t be through a lack of effort or work”.