Hydraulics problem curtails Pic's day

By on Sunday, October 27, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Charles Pic endured a difficult day in India as he was forced to retire from the race.

Pic had to retire courtesy of a hydraulic problem and also sustained damage early in the race.

"After the start and coming out of turn one I was ahead of [Max] Chilton and my teammate. Giedo [van der Garde] 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," said Pic.

"We’d started on the soft tyres so we were always going to have to stop early, but obviously not on lap one, and with the time I’d lost with the first lap puncture I was back to where we were in Japan, having to play catch-up for the rest of the race."

"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 and I pushed to close the gap to the cars ahead, but with such a big deficit it was always going to be unlikely I’d be able to catch and pass them."

"We gave it a go but 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. My engineer explained afterwards  that we’d had to stop because of a hydraulics leak which is why we’d had problems with the gearbox and the power steering and we had to retire to stop any more problems with the rest of the car."


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