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GP Week : Issue 174
ROSBERG: KARTHIKEYAN CLASH UNAVOIDABLE 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Nico Rosberg said there was chance of avoiding the spectacular collision with Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT, which resulted in both drivers retiring from Sunday’s dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Any hopes Rosberg had of scoring points under the lights on Yas Island were all but destroyed when a clash with Romain Grosjean’s Lotus on the opening lap forced the Mercedes racer into the pits for a new nose. Rosberg rapidly caught the tail-enders and eventually came across Karthikeyan on lap nine, when the HRT driver suddenly slowed at the exit of the unsighted and normally flat-out Turn 15 kink due to a hydraulics issue. The speed differential caught Rosberg unawares and his Mercedes subsequently ploughed over the top of Karthikeyan’s car before burying itself in the barriers at Turn 16. Incredibly, both drivers emerged from the incident shaken but unscathed and Rosberg said after the incident: “My car felt competitive today so it's a real shame not to have finished the race and scored some points. “Unfortunately that chance was gone after the first lap incident with Romain Grosjean, 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 [Karthikeyan] 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.” Karthikeyan added: “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.” F1 >>> U.A.E