Nico Rosberg felt there was absolutely nothing he could do to avoid his dramatic collision with Narain Karthikeyan in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Rosberg was trying to recover from first-lap contact with Romain Grosjean's Lotus when he came up behind Karthikeyan on lap nine. The HRT then suddenly slowed with what Karthikeyan said was a hydraulic failure and consequent steering problem. That resulted in Rosberg's Mercedes flying over the back of it on the high-speed approach to Turn 16 and then slamming into the barriers. Both drivers escaped the impact unhurt.
"Narain said that his steering broke and so he wasn't able to steer," said Rosberg. "So he went right on the brakes – and of course I didn't expect him on the brakes in that place because normally that's flat-out easily. I didn't see that coming and there was no way to react in time."
With Rosberg's Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher finishing only 11th after picking up a puncture, the team failed to score for a fourth successive race.