Grosjean blames Maldonado
Romain Grosjean laid the blame for his early retirement at the Australian Grand Prix firmly at the door of Pastor Maldonado.
Last Updated: 18/03/12 2:32pm
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean laid the blame for his early retirement at the Australian Grand Prix firmly at the door of Pastor Maldonado.
Grosjean started the race from third position but fell back at the start before a coming together with the Venezuelan broke his right front suspension.
Maldonado, who showed impressive pace in the Williams before crashing out late on, tried to dive up the inside of the Frenchman on the second lap before the two made contact.
Grosjean felt he had given Maldonado all the room he could, leaving the 25-year-old to rue a missed opportunity as he retired on the spot.
"I think Maldonado wanted to overtake me and he braked miles too late," the reigning GP2 champion said.
"I had no room to go further to the left, I couldn't give (him) any more room. He couldn't turn and hit my front wheel.
"It's disappointing for sure but on the other hand we were following the pace quite easily. The car seems good, the team is doing a fantastic job and I think there is much more to come."