It was announced after the Monaco GP that Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen has been given a five place grid penalty for causing a collusion with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean; even though he feels Grosjean braked too late.
While chasing the Frenchman around the circuit as they tussled over 10th place, the Dutchman slammed into the right rear of Grosjean’s Lotus. The impact sent Verstappen hurtling into the wall at Ste Devote while Grosjean was pitched into a spin. The Safety Car was deployed.
In his interview with the media yesterday, Verstappen stated the following about the incident:-
‘The lap before I braked on the same spot as when I crashed. But you could see when I braked the car ahead braked early and when you are going that speed and are quite close to each other you can’t do anything, you don’t expect them to brake early.’
Even though he feels that he didn’t to blame for the incident, the fact of the matter is that he has been penalised and the stewards believe he was at fault for the incident. I can see where Verstappen is coming from but at the end of the day, he was just too far back to successfully pass Grosjean in that corner.
All he can do is just learn from this experience and use this to develop himself further this season and just do the best that he can do in the Canadian GP; if he feels the penalty is unjust.