Karthikeyan qualifies 19th at Italian GP

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Narain Karthikeyan walked out of a spectacular accident during practice unhurt and put up a strong show to qualify 19th in the Italian Grand Prix.

Karthikeyan qualifies 19th at Italian GP

Monza:

Narain Karthikeyan walked out of a spectacular accident during practice unhurt and put up a strong show to qualify 19th in the Italian Grand Prix. Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya took the pole position for the Sunday's race but McLaren missed out on a 1-2 start after Kimi Raikkonen was forced to change his engine, suffering a penalty of 10 grid positions. Spaniard Fernando Alonso should breathe somewhat easy after qualifying for the second position in his Renault. Developing a balanceKarthikeyan had a spin at the end of the morning practice session, which caused a fair amount of damage to his car. His mechanics did a fantastic job to repair his racecar on time for qualifying, in which Tiago Monteiro of Portugal and Karthikeyan had clean laps. Monteiro and will start from the 17th position for Sunday's race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza circuit. After making smooth progress in their preparations yesterday, Karthikeyan and Monteiro continued to work on developing a suitable chassis balance for the high-speed, low-downforce requirements of Monza. Karthikeyan said he still felt sore after the accident in the morning. (PTI)



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