Chandhok last just a few hundred metres in his new Lotus before this happened...It’s rare for most racing drivers to admit fault for an accident, but when one does, it’s certainly worth acknowledging.

And poor Karun Chandhok would fit right into that category after embarrassingly shunting his Lotus T128 after just a three corners of running in the opening practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

Hardly the start you might hope for if you’re trying to impress the bosses enough to give you a full-time berth!

The Chennai-born driver was only appointed as the team’s official reserve driver this week, and his first outing in F1 machinery for over six months certainly didn’t go to plan when the back end stepped out as he exited Turn 3 in the opening minute of the first free practice session.

“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,” a sheepish Chandhok admitted afterwards.

Fortunately the damage was largely superficial and the team was able to have the car – which was assigned to Jarno Trulli to use – repaired in time for the second practice session later in the afternoon.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.