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GP Week : Issue 174
F1 >>> U.A.E 23 GPWEEK.com // 23 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: and ended up clipping the right rear wheel of the HRT, going airborne, and narrowly avoided decapitating the Indian driver in the process. It later transpired that Karthikeyan was in the middle of hydraulics failure at the time; his car was leaking oil and there was little he could do but slow and attempt to find a safe place to stop. “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,” Karthikeyan explained. “Unfortunately, Rosberg was coming from behind and couldn’t avoid me.” According to Rosberg, the Mercedes’ driver’s race was over before the collision – his first lap incident with Grosjean had brought an end to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix before it began in earnest. “My car felt competitive today so it's a real shame not to have finished the race and scored some points,” Rosberg said. “Unfortunately that chance was gone after the first lap incident with Romain, after which I had to come into the pits for a new nose. Then there was the accident which put me out of the race. Narain told me that his steering broke and he needed to brake which I didn't expect in that high-speed corner. There was no time for me to react, and I'm very thankful that we are both fine.” In such a competitive environment it was heartening to hear race leader Hamilton radioing his team after the incident, asking whether Rosberg and Karthikeyan had managed to escape unscathed. While all 24 men out on track are there to achieve the best result possible, they are also a tightly-knit group who respect the dangerous nature of their work. The Safety Car remained out on track until the end of lap 14, and while laps led by Bernd Maylander are usually less than thrilling, Vettel provided entertainment thanks to a mini nervous breakdown