Max Chilton handed three-place grid penalty for collision with Jules Bianchi
Briton eliminated both Marussia cars on opening lap of Canadian GP
By William Esler
Last Updated: 09/06/14 1:20am
Following the highs of their first points in Monaco, the minnows' race could not have gone much worse in Montreal as both cars were eliminated after just three corners.
Chilton lost the rear end of his car under braking on the opening lap and, as it started to rotate, collided with Bianchi, firing the Frenchman into the wall and bringing his own run of 25 consecutive finishes to a halt.
However, Sky Sports F1 pundit Martin Brundle believes the penalty was harsh as he did not consider Chilton's actions to have been reckless.
"It was 100% Max's fault, but it was the first lap of the race, there was nothing malicious or wild about it, he just lost the car on the apex of turn three," Brundle said. "He was on the racing line, it is not as if he went racing in with his wheels locked up and t-boned him."
Although he has yet to score a point in F1, Chilton has performed creditably this term, out-qualifying the highly-rated Bianchi on three occasions - including this weekend.