Liuzzi surprised by qualifying crash
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, October 17th 2009, 18:44 GMT|
Vitantonio Liuzzi said that he was surprised by his crash that brought out the red flags during the second part of Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying at Interlagos.
The Italian driver lost control of his Force India on the start/finish straight and slammed into the pitwall side-on.
His car then slid backwards across the circuit at the entrance to the Senna 'S', narrowly missing Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, and hit the tyre wall on the outside of the track.
"I wasn't expecting something like that because I was just being calm, following Kimi on the track so I could see his lines and if there were any puddles," Liuzzi said.
"Then I just lost the car in a big puddle in the middle of the straight. I didn't touch the brake at all. I'd just backed off on the straight. It's just part of the game unfortunately."
Liuzzi, who had gone 12th quickest in Q1, said that the amount of standing water on the Interlagos track surface made driving a Formula 1 car a challenging prospect.
"The problem here is that [with a lot of water on the track] you get a lot of rivers, and it was pretty dangerous to go out," he added.
"Yes, it was risky, but it was okay. The problem is that because it's qualifying, you can't wait [for conditions to improve] to come onto the track because that wastes time. It happens."