Jarno Trulli was on the receiving end of a lot of criticism after his clash with Karun Chandhok in the Monaco GP, but the Italian says he has no regrets about the move that saw both men bounced out of the race.
Trulli dived down the inside going into Rascasse, and was alongside Chandhok when the latter turned in, and they touched wheels. The HRT driver insists that Trulli would not have had the lock to have made the corner.
Jarno had earlier lost time when Lotus had a wheel gun problem at his pit stop, dropping him back behind Chandhok.
“Unfortunately the pit stop ruined my race basically,” Trulli told this blog. “I fell behind everyone, behind cars which were much slower than me. I was following the HRT until Chandhok slowed down pretty much. I don’t know if he had a problem or what, but that lap when I attacked, he was pretty slow. I went on the inside, we collided, and that’s it.
“You have to try. We are here to race, and obviously my race was spoiled at the pit stop, but I didn’t give up until the end. I knew I could get him. That was the best place because he was braking pretty early and staying very much on the outside line. He suddenly slowed down, and I didn’t know if he was letting me by or what.
“I was completely in. I can’t say I did something crazy. I had to try, which is something that in Monaco not everyone does. But I did.”
Trulli says that while he apologised to the Indian driver, he feels he was right to try to pass.
“I was obviously sorry for the accident because I could have stayed behind, but I wanted to overtake him. And when you want to overtake, you have to take some risks, and we ended up both finishing the race that way.
“But that’s part of racing. It was not a crazy manoeuvre if you look back, nothing dangerous. It turned out to be dangerous because when we collided my tyre hit his rear tyre and my car basically went over him, but it was a first gear corner, nothing really major.
“It was a terrible weekend, but when things happen, you can’t really do much about it.”