New Delhi: Jarno Trulli driving his Lotus
car over Karun Chandhok`s Hispania alarmed F1 fans but the
Indian driver says he was merely disappointed and not scared
as it denied him a better finish in last Sunday`s Monaco Grand
The Indian was running in the 14th place with four laps
remaining when, trying to go past on the inside, Trulli drove
his Lotus car over the top of Chandhok, who was seen ducking.
Even though his race ended there, the Chennai driver was
later classified 14th.
"It was not scary but very frustrating. It wasn`t a
pleasant experience at all. It was not the way I wanted to
finish in Monaco which is one of my favourite circuits,"
Chadhok told PTI in an interview.
"In Monaco I was driving my best race of the season in
terms of pace. I was not only quicker than (teammate) Bruno
Senna but I was the best among the new teams. If not for the
accident, I could have finished the race little better," he
"Jarno was trying for a very opportunistic move but he
later apologised to me for the incident," he added.
The accident might have raised serious questions about
the safety of Formula One drivers once again but Chandhok
"Such incidents are part and parcel of racing. Being a
driver you cannot worry about safety. Otherwise you cannot
drive. I feel F1 is more safe than driving on the streets," he
Chandhok said his performances in the first six races of
the season has earned him respect from fellow drivers with the
likes of McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton and eventual Monaco winner
Mark Webber of Red Bull inquiring about his well-being after
"After the accident, Lewis, Mark and Jenson Button came
to me and asked me if I was fine," he said.
"Now there is enough mutual respect between me and other
drivers. Now they feel that I deserve to be in F1. Now when we
talk we talk as F1 drivers and not as one F1 driver and the
other rookie," Chandhok said.
Chandhok said not only his team but the entire F1
fraternity was happy with his showing and that for him every
race was a learning experience.
"I am very satisfied with my performance so far. Malaysia
and Barcelona were very satisfying because I got passed Bruno
and competed against (Lucas) di Grassi of Virgin.
"The team is also happy with the job I am doing. You know
people in F1 tend to be very critical about your performance
but so far everybody seems to be happy with me," he said.
"But I feel I am still rookie. Every passing day I feel I
am learning new things about F1. So far, everything is very
positive," Chandhok said.
He said the Hispania car was behaving as per expectation
and the team is now looking forward for some updates in the
"The car is performing very well. The speed is good
compared to other new teams. It is very competitive than other
new cars. Personally, I feel I am driving quite well. But it`s
still tough out there because we are two months behind other
"We are developing but bigger tests await us in the
second half of the season and we are looking forward to that.
We are looking for some performance updates in Valencia or
Hockenheim," Chandhok said.
On the personal front, the youngster said he was looking
forward to British, Belgian and Singapore Grand Prix as they
are his favourite circuits along with Monaco.
"I love Silverstone, Spa. I am also eagerly waiting to
race in Singapore because I like street circuits," Chandhok