Muller says Tarquini crash at Hungaroring inevitable

Yvan Muller insists he could do nothing to prevent Gabriele Tarquini's head-on crash in the World Touring Car Hungaroring race

Muller says Tarquini crash at Hungaroring inevitable

Tarquini spent the night in Budapest's military hospital, suffering neck pains but no broken bones, after his heavy impact with the tyres on the outside of Turn 2.

The Italian had been vying for position with Muller, his main title rival, on the opening lap of the second race, but was sent slewing across the bows of the RML Chevrolet and into the tyres.

"[It was] a big crash unfortunately," Muller told Eurosport.

"We were side-by-side on Turn 2, I was on the outside but the inside for Turn 3.

"Because he knew that he tried to squeeze me, I was already in the grass and I couldn't go even more, and he still tried. He had room on his left.

"Unfortunately he spun and the barrier was [very] close."

Tarquini was able to walk away from his crash, but was subsequently put in a neck brace and then taken to hospital for checks.

Team principal Alessandro Mariani later confirmed to AUTOSPORT that Tarquini had undergone an X-Ray as a precautionary measure.

Muller went on to finish fifth behind James Nash, extending his lead over Tarquini to 46 points.

"It was tricky to pass without too many risks," Muller explained.

"I could pass Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel but then James Nash was faster than me on one part of the track. For me the top five was a good result."

You can watch highlights from the Hungaroring, including Tarquini's race two crash, in AUTOSPORT's World Touring Car section.

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