Maldonado braked far too late, argues Grosjean
18 March 2012 – Romain Grosjean was dejected after missing out on a possible podium finish in Melbourne. The Franco-Swiss, who had qualified in an impressive third place, was out of the race on just the second lap after contact with Pastor Maldonado’s Williams.
After a poor start which left him sixth, Grosjean took the middle line on the approach to Turn 13, with Maldonado pulling off a forceful move down the inside. However, with the Venezuelan having run wide on the exit, Grosjean firmly believes his rival is to blame.
“Then of course there was the collision with Pastor. From what I saw, he braked far too late and hit my right-front wheel, which broke the steering and that was it - my race was over. The team deserved better because they have been working very hard, but by tomorrow morning it will all be a memory. We’ll move on to Malaysia now, which is one of my favourite circuits, and focus on getting a result there.”
To raise the spirits of newly-named Lotus, team-mate Kimi Räikkönen scored six points by fighting up to seventh place from 18th on the grid.