Giedo van der Garde says he had ‘nowhere to go’ after his Japanese Grand Prix ended at the corner.
The Dutch driver was involved in a collision with Jules Bianchi and subsequently suffered a heavy impact into the barriers.
“My start was okay but going into turn one I was squeezed between both the Marussia cars and had nowhere to go,” he said.
“I lost my front wing in contact with Bianchi and then the car went straight off and into the wall. It was quite a heavy impact but I’m ok. Obviously that’s disappointing, but it was a racing incident and sometimes these things happen so now we’ll move on to India and push for a better weekend there and for the rest of the season.”
Bianchi says that Van der Garde simply ran into the back of his Marussia.
“We did our best to fight back and I was very confident in the way we would approach the race,” Bianchi said after a difficult weekend, which involved a crash in first practice.
“Unfortunately, as I turned into the first corner on the opening lap, van der Garde hit my rear wing which pushed me off track and into the gravel. Nothing more to say really, except my thanks to the Team for a lot of hard work this weekend. We’ll be back to do better in India I hope because there are good signs for the car performance.”