Rosberg thankful to escape unhurt after crash with Karthikeyan

  • Published on 05 Nov 2012 14:48
  • comments 0
  • By: Rob Veenstra
Nico Rosberg said he was thankful both he and HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan emerged unscathed from a lap eight accident that saw both exit the Abu Grand Prix in spectacular fashion. I’m very thankful that we are both fine. I went to the medical centre for a precautionary check but everything is good.

Rosberg started the race in seventh place but collided with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean at the start and was forced to pit for a new nose cone. Dropped to the rear of the field the Mercedes driver found himself involved in a battle for 19th place with Karthikeyan.

As the pair went through a high-speed corner the Indian driver suddenly slowed and Rosberg slammed into the rear of the HRT, his Mercedes briefly becoming airborne before crashing into the barriers.

"Narain told me that his steering broke and he needed to brake, which I didn't expect in that high-speed corner", said Rosberg. "There was no time for me to react, and I'm very thankful that we are both fine. I went to the medical centre for a precautionary check but everything is good."

Karthikeyan confirmed that he had suffered an sudden steering malfunction. "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", he said. "Unfortunately, Rosberg was coming from behind and couldn't avoid me. It was tremendously unlucky."

Rosberg admitted that his race was largely over before the incident thanks to the coming together with Grosjean at the start. "My car felt competitive today so it's a real shame not to have finished the race and scored some points", he 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."

Order your Mercedes merchandise here!

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BEGrand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

World Championship standings 2024

Pos
Driver
Team
Points
Pos
Team
Points
Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Related news

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Formula 1 Calendar - 2024

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
29 - Mar 2
Bahrain
7 - Mar 9
Saudi Arabia
22 - Mar 24
Australia
5 - Apr 7
Japan
19 - Apr 21
China
3 - May 5
United States of America
17 - May 19
Italy
24 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
Spain
28 - Jun 30
Austria
5 - Jul 7
United Kingdom
19 - Jul 21
Hungary
26 - Jul 28
Belgium
23 - Aug 25
Netherlands
30 - Sep 1
Italy
13 - Sep 15
Azerbaijan
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
18 - Oct 20
United States of America
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
Brazil
22 - Nov 24
United States of America
29 - Dec 1
Qatar
6 - Dec 8
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2024

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
29 - Mar 2
7 - Mar 9
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
22 - Mar 24
Australia Albert Park
5 - Apr 7
19 - Apr 21
3 - May 5
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
17 - May 19
24 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
5 - Jul 7
United Kingdom Silverstone
19 - Jul 21
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Jul 28
23 - Aug 25
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
30 - Sep 1
Italy Monza
13 - Sep 15
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
20 - Sep 22
18 - Oct 20
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
Brazil Interlagos
22 - Nov 24
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
29 - Dec 1
6 - Dec 8
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country FR
  • Date of b. Apr 17 1986 (37)
  • Place of b. Geneve, FR
  • Weight 71 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile
show sidebar