Gutierrez and Maldonado differ over crash

By on Sunday, April 6, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Esteban Gutierrez says that there was nothing he could do to avoid Pastor Maldonado during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Gutierrez was tipped into a roll by his Venezuelan rival at the first corner and was taken to hospital but later released.

The race stewards deemed that Maldonado was at fault as he was given a 10 second stop/go penalty, a five place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix and had his super license endorsed with three points.

"First of all, the most important is that I am okay," said the Sauber driver. "They did all the checks at the hospital and everything is fine. Concerning the accident, I was completely surprised that Pastor, who came out of the pits, ran into me.

"I was clearly in front of him. I turned into the corner and I was suddenly hit and I rolled over. There was nothing much I could do."

Maldonado offered a different explanation and insisted that he had nowhere to go.

"We will need to have a look again at what happened as Esteban seemed to be off his line coming into turn one - maybe he missed his braking point, I don't know – and by then I was in the corner with nowhere to go," he said.

"For sure it's difficult to understand and I was coming out from the pits and with cold tyres. I think he was very unlucky and it’s good he jumped straight out of the car."

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