Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011

Lap one crash was my fault, admits Chandhok

2011 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011
Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011

Karun Chandhok admitted his crash in the first lap of practice in Melbourne was his fault.

Chandhok was driving the Lotus T128 for the first time when he lost control of the car at the exit of turn three and hit the barrier.

He said: “I’m obviously disappointed to have had such a short run for my first time in the Team Lotus car, but I put my hands up to it and totally accept it was a combination of a slippery track and less grip than I expected from the tyres that combined to put me out so early.

“I’m just pleased the guys could get Jarno [Trulli] out in the afternoon session and it shows what a great team this is that they could get the car fixed that quickly to ensure Jarno could get a decent number of laps under his belt in FP2.”

Trulli added: “The team worked really well to get the car ready for the afternoon session but we struggled a bit with a few issues that meant I couldn’t really push.

“We’ll work tonight on set-up options and there are definitely some areas to look at where we can find some pace so I think tomorrow we’ll be OK.”

Lotus ended the day ahead of just the two Virgins and the two HRTs, the latter not setting any times.

Mike Gascoyne said the team had suffered some reliability problems: “In the second session we had a fuel pressure problem on Jarno’s car and an electronics issue on Heikki’s car, both of which limited our running, but we were able to solve those issues and work through most of the afternoon’s plan.

“For tomorrow there is a lot more to come from the car. We are clearly not quite where we expected to be in performance terms but we understand the reasons for that – it is proving quite tricky for us to get the best out of the tyres but we will work on that tonight and when we improve I am confident we will move up to where we expect to be in qualifying tomorrow.”

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