Pedro de la Rosa laid the blame for his clash with Romain Grosjean
in qualifying in Sao Paulo firmly at the feet of the Lotus driver.
De la Rosa was on his flying lap when Grosjean tried to go up the inside through the final corner only to then hit the rear of the HRT when de la Rosa moved across to take his line.
Grosjean was forced to pit for a replacement nose while de la Rosa sustained damage to the rear of his car that meant he was left to qualify right at the back of the field behind team-mate Narain Karthikeyan.
"The track was damp when we went out but we decided to go for the dry strategy because the dry line would come up pretty quickly,” he said. “The first laps were a bit tricky but it improved a lot towards the end. However, I'm not happy with how qualifying ended.
“Our car was competitive and we certainly could have done better but I was on a flying lap when I was hit by another car. It was a dangerous manoeuvre because I couldn't move aside given the track conditions. As a consequence of the impact, the rear suspension bent and also punctured the rear tyre. I went back in for a new set of mediums and fortunately managed to put in one more lap improving my time.
“I really hope the car is not badly damaged because the race is tomorrow and I want to be able to do my best here in order to finish the season on a good note.”
Technical director Toni Cuquerella insisted that the damage sustained by de la Rosa was fixable for the race but again hit out at the nature of the incident.
“Unfortunately, he was hit by another car at one of the most dangerous parts of the track and it is even worse considering the track conditions,” He said. “The rear suspension of his car got damaged but we can fix it for tomorrow.”