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GP Week : Issue 193
Giedo van der Garde – Caterham Giedo van der Garde once again out-qualified his teammate, and the Dutch racer looked to be set for a decent race when he found himself in a Marussia sandwich on the entry to Turn One. As the track tightened up it became a case of two’s company but three’s an accident waiting to happen. Surprising no one, Max Chilton made contact with van der Garde, damaging the Caterham driver’s splitter and ending his race as quickly as he had done in Japan. While van der Garde blamed Chilton for the race-ending incident, the Briton laid the blame for the incident squarely at the Dutchman’s door. Charles Pic – Caterham Charles Pic ended the Friday practice sessions feeling more content with the overall balance of the CT03 through the high speed sections of the Buddh International Circuit than he had been at the start of the weekend’s running. That balance went out of the window, however, on lap 16 when a puncture forced the French racer to pit for the second time, hampering his strategy. Whatever he achieved in his fightback became irrelevant when a power steering issue later in the race forced Pic into retirement on lap 39, capping off a miserable weekend for the Leafield racers. Mark Webber – Red Bull As the leading driver starting on the medium compound, Mark Webber was warned to be wary of Fernando Alonso and the McLarens, all three of whom were starting on a similar strategy. But the soon-to-retire Australian should have focused his attention to those closer to him, as he lost position to Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, and Nico Hulkenberg after making contact with the leading Lotus through the exit of Turn One. Whether Webber’s sluggish start (and subsequent time lost behind Raikkonen and Massa) may have cost him victory is doubtful, but it became a moot point when an alternator failure ended his podium prospects on lap 40. Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber After fighting with Ferrari and McLaren in recent races, Sauber looked to be in a strong position to continue their resurgence, closing the gap to Force India on their home turf. But it was not to be, despite another strong qualifying performance from Nico Hulkenberg. The German racer split the world championship pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso on the grid, putting Hulkenberg in what should have been a strong position going into Sunday’s race. But when a decent points haul looked to be on the cards, a brake issue thwarted Hulkenberg’s run of giant-killing performances and he was out within sight of the flag. Down and out at Buddh 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> INDIA