Giedo van der Garde retired before completing one lap of the race following an incident involving his teammate Charles Pic and Marussia driver Max Chilton, which resulted in suspension damage.
The Dutchman placed the blame at the door of Chilton and called him ‘an idiot’ on the team radio shortly after the incident.
“I made a fair start but coming out of turn one Chilton left me no room and we made contact, breaking my front wing and suspension. It’s been made really clear to us that we have to give each other room but today I wasn’t given any at all and that’s what’s finished my race before it really got going.” he said.
“It’s such a shame as this weekend the car’s felt really good, the balance has been there right from the first practice session and we know we have the pace on Sundays to pull away from the cars we’re fighting with.”
van der Garde’s lap one incident affected teammate Pic’s race as he was forced to pit earlier than planned.
“After the start and coming out of turn one I was ahead of Chilton and my teammate. Giedo didn’t have anywhere to go and made contact with my right rear tyre and it punctured which meant I had to come in immediately for a stop. We’d started on the soft tyres so we were always going to have to stop early, but obviously not on lap one,” Pic said.
The Frenchman found himself suffering with another puncture later on in the race, which meant he had another unscheduled pit stop.
“On the first set of mediums the car started behaving strangely and I was told to box again on lap 16. It turned out we had another puncture on the right rear and the tyre had lost a lot of pressure so we put on another new set of mediums”
Pic’s bad luck unfortunately didn’t end there and he was forced to retire on lap 39 with a hydraulic issue to prevent any further issues on the CT03.
“we started losing hydraulic pressure, affecting the gearbox first, making changes harder, and then the steering started getting heavier and on lap 39 I was given the call to retire the car.” he said.
The Frenchman said the team will continue to fight for the three remaining races.
“Overall this has been a bit of a tough weekend, but we will keep fighting, next weekend and for the rest of the season.”
This now leaves the team with three remaining races to take 10th place in the constructors championship back from Marussia.
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