Grosjean irritated by Verstappen claims

By on Friday, May 29, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Romain Grosjean has emphasised that he did not brake test Max Verstappen in the build-up to their collision during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Verstappen clipped the back of Grosjean on the approach to Sainte Devote before suffering a heavy impact into the tyre barriers.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash Verstappen suggested that he was brake tested by Grosjean and he reiterated those comments on his official website earlier this week.

Stewards sided with Grosjean and slapped Verstappen with a five place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix and the Frenchman was annoying with the claims of his young rival.

"Of course not, what would that possibly achieve?" Grosjean said when asked if he brake tested Verstappen.

"In Monaco it’s pretty easy to keep a car behind you, even a car that’s faster than you, by placing your car on the racing line and just focusing on driving your laps.

"The difficult bit is for the guy trying to get past. I didn’t brake early or lift off the throttle earlier on the lap which Verstappen hit me, in fact the data showed I braked five metres later than the lap before!

"The FIA are pretty thorough in their investigations and I don’t know which annoyed me more; being hit and knocked out of the points, or having to go through the inquiry afterwards for something that was clearly not my fault."

Grosjean nonetheless backed Verstappen to bounce back from the accident.

"Ultimately, Max caught himself out by driving too aggressively on the wrong circuit to attempt a move like he did and we both felt the consequences," he said. "He’ll learn; he’s a very talented driver."


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