Drivers share thoughts after multiple collision
5 November 2012 – The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix delivered a selection of wild incidents, one of which was the pile-up at Turn 14 on the 38th lap. Both Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber dropped out of the race immediately, whereas Paul di Resta and Sergio Pérez headed towards the pits. Later, the Sauber driver was given a ten-second stop/go penalty.
“We were looking really good and I had the feeling even a podium would have been possible,” Pérez commented. “Then after my pit-stop I got stuck behind Grosjean and di Resta and could not get by because I didn’t have enough straight-line speed. I had to risk a lot to get by, but then unfortunately collided with the Lotus and my race was over. It’s a real shame because our race pace was very good.”
Grosjean’s retirement was his seventh from 17 race starts so far this year.
Webber’s demise confirmed that Red Bull would not be sealing a third straight constructors’ title in Abu Dhabi. The Australian was coming from behind following incidents with Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa in the same part of track.
“Nothing really worked out for us today,” he recalled. “I tried to go down the inside when the cars ahead made contact, I thought there was an opportunity, but then Grosjean made contact with my car and that was the end for us. Whatever we tried today, it just wasn’t working out.”
The incident can be viewed below:
Commentary from Sky Sports’ David Croft and Martin Brundle