Karun Chandhok admitted he was totally to blame for his crash right at the start of opening practice in Melbourne this morning.
The Indian was announced as a Lotus test driver earlier this week, but his first run in the car was extremely brief as he lost control on cold tires while coming out of the pits to begin the first session of the Formula 1 season.
"I'm obviously disappointed to have had such a short run for my first time in the Team Lotus car, but I put my hands up to it and totally accept it was a combination of a slippery track and less grip than I expected from the tires that combined to put me out so early," said Chandhok.
He praised the team's efforts to get the car repaired ready for race driver Jarno Trulli to take over in second practice.
"I'm just pleased the guys could get Jarno out in the afternoon session and it shows what a great team this is that they could get the car fixed that quickly to ensure Jarno could get a decent number of laps under his belt in FP2," Chandhok said.