• Bahrain Grand Prix 2010

Chandhok apologises for unforeseen bump

ESPNF1 Staff
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Karun Chandhok's debut ends after two-and-a-half minutes © Sutton Images
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Karun Chandhok apologised to his HRT team after his debut grand prix in Bahrain lasted a little over two-and-a-half minutes.

Chandhok, who was only signed up on the eve of the season and largely because of a reported US$5 million he brought to the team, was unable to practice on Friday and had limited time on the track in a car he had never driven before on the Saturday. After a handful of painfully slow laps in qualifying, he started the race at the back of the grid and was already 31 seconds off the pace when his car hit a bump and crashed into a barrier.

"Sorry, but this was my fifth lap on this track," he said afterwards. "I hit a bump in the new part of the circuit. I was not that much experienced in that part of the track as I had driven only four timed laps over the weekend.

"I was pushed on the exit kerb, trying to bring tyres in gently, and I did not know that part of the circuit."

HRT boss Colin Kolles expressed sympathy for Chandhok's wretched weekend. "He couldn't know that the bump was there, having too few miles in his car and had just never experienced that the bump was where it was on this track."