Tonio Liuzzi said he had no opportunity to avoid his dramatic crash while Michael Schumacher on lap one of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Schumacher had spun while battling with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and was trying to rejoin when Liuzzi's Force India plowed into him head-on. Both drivers were unhurt, despite the Force India ending up perched on the Mercedes, and walked back to the garages together (PICTURED).
"For me today was a bit of a disappointing end to what's been a fantastic year for the team," said Liuzzi. "I had a good start, gaining a couple of positions and had got into a good place for the first stint, but then I came round the third corner and saw a cloud of smoke in front. I couldn't move anywhere as there were cars all around me and then when the smoke cleared I saw Michael the wrong way 'round and stopped on track. I couldn't do anything but thankfully we were both OK after the accident."
With Liuzzi's teammate Adrian Sutil only finishing 13th, Force India had to settle for seventh in the constructors' championship, behind season-long rival Williams. Still, Liuzzi felt Force India had plenty to be proud of.
"I am sorry that we could not score any points today to get back to sixth in the championship, but even so the team has worked so hard today and for the whole of the season," he said.