Chilton unaware of Maldonado's position
27 May 2013 – Max Chilton says he was unaware of Williams rival Pastor Maldonado's exact position before they collided at the Tabac corner during Sunday afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix, with the resulting impact leading to a lengthy red flag phase for trackside repairs.
Having avoided Esteban Gutiérrez's Sauber at the Nouvelle Chicane, Marussia driver Chilton was out of position on the approach to Tabac before banging wheels with Maldonado, the latter being sent uncontrollably into the TechPro barriers as a result.
Chilton, who was given a drive through penalty, revealed that he quickly apologised to Maldonado, and has drawn positives from his ultimate finishing position of 14th.
"Esteban Gutiérrez made a late lunge into the chicane and I could see he was locked up so I had to take action to avoid him, which meant missing the chicane," explained Chilton. "I rejoined coming out of Turn 11 and the apex to Turn 12 was fast approaching. I was aware that someone was behind me but not alongside me.
"The stewards determined a drive-through penalty for me and I accept that decision. After the race I went to see Pastor to check he was OK. The incident made for a difficult rest of the race but all I could do was concentrate on the best result for the team and, problems aside, I think we have to be pleased with the end result."
Chilton's team-mate, Jules Bianchi, retired from the race with a brake disc failure.