Max penalised but blames Grosjean

Date published: May 24 2015

Despite being hit with a penalty for causing a collision, Max Verstappen has blamed Romain Grosjean for braking too late.

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.

"The lap before I braked on the same spot as when I crashed," said Verstappen.

"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."

The stewards, though, did not agree and have handed the Toro Rosso driver a five-penalty grid penalty for the next race, the Canadian GP.

He was also handed two penalty points on his Super Licence.