Van der Garde furious after second Bianchi collision
27 May 2011 – Giedo van der Garde was left seething after Friday’s GP2 Feature Race in Monaco, in which the Dutchman was taken out of the running by Jules Bianchi for the second time in five days. In Barcelona, the Frenchman was handed a five-place penalty for the first corner incident, although no sentence has been applied today.
“For the second consecutive week, an incredibly stupid action by Jules Bianchi has cost me important points for the GP2 championship,” van der Garde wrote in a blog for The Netherlands’ Telegraaf newspaper. “Last Sunday in Barcelona, he hit me at the start of the Sprint Race and now he’s ridden over the top of me in Monaco as well. An example of pure ignorance on his part and I'm doomed yet again.”
The Addax driver also shared his opinions over the ART pilot receiving no punishment for his Monte Carlo wrongdoing.
“He first had a ridiculously low penalty (in Barcelona), disproportionate for what he had done,” van der Garde continued. “Indeed, I got a five-place drop on the grid (from Monaco pole position) for something I really didn’t do, and he gets the same for his madcap action. GP2 is real politics sometimes. Bianchi’s manager is Nicolas Todt, son of FIA President Jean Todt; For France, it’s important that another Frenchman is in Formula 1, so both Grosjean and Bianchi in a way get a lot of backing from them.
“It is now important that my team stresses to the FIA that this must not continue. What punishment should Bianchi have? Starting at least ten positions further back for the next race in Valencia - hopefully he’d then learn from it for once.”