Lotus: Grosjean did not brake test Verstappen

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Lotus has dismissed suggestions that Romain Grosjean brake-tested Max Verstappen in the lead up to their collision at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend.

Grosjean was defending 10th position from the Toro Rosso driver when Verstappen clipped the back of his rival on the approach to Sainte Devote and consequently slammed into the barriers.

Verstappen retired on the spot while Grosjean recovered to finish in 12th position.

In the immediate aftermath Verstappen accused Grosjean of brake testing him, a claim he re-iterated on his official website on Wednesday.

But writing on social media, Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane says that Grosjean did nothing wrong.

"Romain didn’t brake test Max, he braked five metres later than previous lap," Permane posted on Twitter.

"Data accepted by FIA so the penalty was for Max not Romain. The FIA have all the information and they were happy with Romain's driving."

The stewards handed Verstappen a five place grid penalty for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, along with two penalty points on his license.


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