Karthikeyan Critical of Team Boss Kolles

Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan has revealed that he is barely speaking to Jordan boss Colin Kolles after the tough-talking team chief criticised his driving in the last two races

Karthikeyan Critical of Team Boss Kolles

Karthikeyan, who is in his debut season with Jordan this year, impressed the team in the opening few races but fell into Kolles' bad books when he crashed in Monaco and made a mistake in qualifying at the Nurburgring.

But the rookie is baffled by Kolles' accusations and said: "I don't know what he is complaining about. The first five races I did well and you are bound to have some bad races.

"Colin must also realise that this car is really bad to drive and it is easy to make mistakes, so they should try to improve the car also. There is no point just complaining.

"He doesn't speak to me very much any more, so that is a good thing. He thinks if he is very direct (in criticism) it helps, but sometimes it doesn't, so it's good and bad.

"I was not upset, you come across a lot of things like this in Formula One so it doesn't matter. (We get on) okay, but not like we did a month ago. He is just management, so I really don't have to have a conversation with him."

Kolles admitted this weekend that Jordan was "virtually bankrupt" when new owner Alex Shnaider bought out former owner Eddie Jordan at the start of the year and the team are still in turmoil as they build towards 2006.

But Karthikeyan has already admitted he may not be at the team long enough to enjoy the fruits of this season's work when Shnaider re-brands the outfit as Midland F1 at the end of the year.

"Right now I just do my job and at the end of the year find a different place," he stated. "If the car is not good here, I try to do a good job with what I have, and obviously I want to be driving for a better team.

"A lot of things are, kind of, confused at the moment. They don't know what kind of car there will be next year and everything, but once that comes clear it will be much easy for everyone working for the team."

The latest upset for the troubled team saw sporting director Trevor Carlin quit before this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, citing personal problems with his daily commute as a reason for his departure.

But Karthikeyan is determined to focus his efforts on impressing the team again on the track this weekend and added: "I don't care what happens. I have done a good job so it just keeps going and I will try my best for Sunday.

"I don't know if Trevor leaving will be a good thing or a bad thing, but for sure he pointed us in the right direction and hopefully if they continue in that path it could be better."

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