Grosjean: Verstappen will learn


Romain Grosjean says it is a toss up as to what annoyed him more in Monaco; losing points or going through an inquiry when he knew he had done nothing wrong.

The Frenchman was running in 10th place around the streets of the Principality when, on lap 64, he was hit from behind by Max Verstappen.

The impact sent Grosjean into a spin while Verstappen speared into the barrier at Sainte Devote and was out of the grand prix.

Grosjean brought his E23 home in 12th place and was later called into the stewards' office as they investigated the crash, which Verstappen insists was caused by Grosjean brake-testing him.

The Lotus driver says that is not true, a sentiment echoed by the stewards who penalised the Toro Rosso driver.

"Of course not, what would that possibly achieve?" he replied when asked if he had brake-tested the Toro Rosso driver.

"In Monaco it's pretty easy to keep a car behind you, even a car that's faster than you, by placing your car on the racing line and just focusing on driving your laps. The difficult bit is for the guy trying to get past.

"I didn't brake early or lift off the throttle earlier on the lap which Verstappen hit me, in fact the data showed I braked five metres later than the lap before!

"The FIA are pretty thorough in their investigations and I don't know which annoyed me more; being hit and knocked out of the points, or having to go through the inquiry afterwards for something that was clearly not my fault."

Grosjean added that last Sunday's incident is all part of Verstappen's curve and that the "very talented" 17-year-old will learn from it.

"Ultimately, Max caught himself out by driving too aggressively on the wrong circuit to attempt a move like he did and we both felt the consequences. He'll learn; he's a very talented driver," he added.