Abu Dhabi GP: Karthikeyan relieved to escape Rosberg shunt unhurt
|By Edd Straw||Sunday, November 4th 2012, 17:51 GMT|
Narain Karthikeyan has admitted that it was a "scary" moment when Nico Rosberg's Mercedes passed close to his head when the pair collided during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The HRT driver was running 19th when he suffered a sudden hydraulics failure, leading to Rosberg hitting him and riding over the top of his car.
Rosberg ended up in the barrier, while Karthikeyan spun to a halt.
But despite the severity of the impact, Karthikeyan escaped injury thanks to safety regulations designed to ensure that the driver's head is out of harm's way.
"His car was right on top of mine," Karthikeyan told AUTOSPORT.
"It was pretty scary and very close. I could see everything under the car in detail as he went over me."
Karthikeyan echoed Rosberg's belief that the accident was unavoidable.
He confirmed that he had lost steering and that Rosberg was unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the right time.
"It was unlucky for Nico that he was behind me when it happened," said Karthikeyan.
"At Turn 16, I lost the hydraulics. It [the hydraulic pressure] just dropped completely to zero and the steering wheel locked solid.
"I couldn't steer in or out of the corner and I had to come off the throttle, otherwise I would have had a big one.
"Unfortunately for Nico, he was there."