Karthikeyan 'Lucky' to Survive Crash

Narain Karthikeyan counted himself lucky after surviving a major crash during Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix

Karthikeyan 'Lucky' to Survive Crash

Karthikeyan lost control of his Jordan on lap 28 coming out of turn 13, wrecking the car after hitting the tyre wall at high speed.

With debris scattered across the track, India's first Formula One driver sat long in the shattered cockpit with flames flickering around the rear bodywork before finally pulling himself out and jogging to safety.

"There was a long period of safety car then I passed Sato and kept up with Trulli and then I don't remember what happened," said Karthikeyan. "I understeered off and I don't remember the impact at all.

"The next thing I knew, when I opened my eyes, some car was coming towards me and I knew I had to get out of the car and run.

"I haven't seen it but I know I was lucky. It was probably the biggest crash I have had, but they checked me over and I am okay. I am a little bit concussed but okay."

The race was Jordan's 250th and last under that name, with the team founded by Irish entrepreneur Eddie Jordan returning as Midland next year after being sold to Russian-born Canadian billionaire Alex Shnaider.

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