A frustrated Karun Chandhok has confirmed that Jarno Trulli immediately apologised following the pair’s collision in the closing laps of the Monaco Grand Prix, although the result robbed the team of what would have been its best finish of the season to-date, and which would have moved the team to the all-important tenth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings.
The Lotus driver attempted a ridiculous passing move into La Rascasse, launching himself over the top of Chandhok’s HRT as their wheels interlocked.
Somehow, Karun emerged with nothing more than a shaking, but he came very close to being hit in the head by the underside of the Lotus!
"I am extremely frustrated by the outcome of the race,” Karun said afterwards.
"Jarno hit me out of nowhere but he has apologised for the incident. We were looking good to finish in thirteenth position but we are still 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 pit-stops. 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 myself; however, we can be happy with our performance today."
"Karun seemed slow through the second and third sector and I’d seen he was leaving room at Rascasse, so I tried to get through but we touched and that was that – the end of the race.
"It was one of those things, a racing incident, but I still feel like we’re going in the right direction as a team and I want to put the bad luck behind me when we get back on-track in Turkey."
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