Monaco GP: Karun Chandhok race report

Sunday, May 16, 2010: Indian racing sensation Karun Chandhok was forced to retire from the Monaco GP after Jarno Trulli (Lotus) hit the Indian from the back. Chandhok out on a fantastic performance and was in 14th position when the Lotus driver ...

Sunday, May 16, 2010: Indian racing sensation Karun Chandhok was forced to retire from the Monaco GP after Jarno Trulli (Lotus) hit the Indian from the back. Chandhok out on a fantastic performance and was in 14th position when the Lotus driver collided with the Indian and climbed the HRT F1 car. The Indian walked away unhurt but was visibly upset after what was a great drive by the Indian.

Chandhok had a good start and managed to get ahead of Lucas Di Grassi(Virgin Racing) and Jarno Trull(Lotus Racing) during the mandatory pit stop. With 3 laps to go, the HRT F1 team were ahead of all the new teams for the first time this season with Chandhok leading the Lotus of Trulli. Chandhok was cruising to the end when Trulli tangled with the Indian. This was also Chandhok's strongest performance of the season so far.

Karun Chandhok commented, "I am extremely frustrated by the outcome of the race; Jarno hit me out of nowhere. I think he had a brain fade, but he has apologized for the incident. We were looking good to finish in thirteenth position and would have been the best of the new teams. It has been my strongest race of the season. We had a good start and managed to jump both DI Grassi and Trulli during the pitstop. After that I was catching Senna until he retired, and was cruising to the end. This is a big disappointment for the whole team - as this would have classified us in tenth position. It is hard to take for the team and me; however we can be happy with our performance today."

Team Principal, Dr. Colin Kolles, commented "As anticipated, it was a difficult race for us, but we all put in a great effort and came close to seeing both cars make the finish. Unfortunately Bruno Senna retired with a hydraulic failure on lap 62 while Karun Chandhok walked away from an accident at the Rascasse corner. It was a real pity as it would have been possible to finish 13th by that point and was just four laps from the chequered flag. We are the best classified of the new teams. I am disappointed for the team that we narrowly didn't finish our race and because the accident happened under blue flag. We look ahead to the next race and are determined to bounce back in different conditions."

-source: karun chandhok

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Karun Chandhok , Bruno Senna
Teams Virgin Racing