Sato Blames Communication Breakdown

Takuma Sato has blamed a communication breakdown with his team as the reason for him accidentally blocking Mark Webber during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix

Sato Blames Communication Breakdown

The BAR driver was on his slow-down lap after his qualifying effort when he stayed on the racing line under braking for Turn Nine - forcing Webber to dive down the inside.

Webber was understandably angry about what happened, and Sato blamed the matter on the failure of his team to update him on where the Williams driver was on the track.

"I didn't have an update on the radio with the info," said Sato, whose own qualifying lap had been wrecked by a mistake at Turn Eight. "Maybe there was some problem, so I really didn't see him. By the time I realised it was just down the straight, so I feel sorry for him."

The matter is now under investigation by the race stewards, and Sato could lose his best qualifying time or be fined.

When asked by ITV what he would tell the stewards, Sato said: "I will really tell them what the truth is and what I felt. It was a bit difficult."

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