Lotus blames "over-exuberant" Ricciardo for crash

Romain Grosjean blamed Daniel Ricciardo for the accident that put both the Frenchman and Lotus teammate Pastor Maldonado out of the British Grand Prix.

Ricciardo made contact with Grosjean at the start of the race at Village, and the Lotus driver then hit his teammate, damaging both cars and putting them out of the race before the end of the first lap.

The incident is under investigation, and all three drivers have been summoned to see the stewards.

"That was a very short race for the team and I feel for everyone here at Silverstone and at Enstone," said Grosjean.

"Daniel must have thought his brakes and tyres would be able to slow him better than they did and the result was the end of both my and Pastor's race.

"No one likes to end a grand prix like that as so much effort goes into making and preparing the cars."

Lotus technical director Nick Chester said Ricciardo had been "over-exuberant".

"Both Romain and Pastor were the victims of over-exuberance at the start of the race meaning that both returned to the garage for a very short debrief after only a lap on track," he said.

"It's now a rapid return to Enstone to put everything we can into preparing the cars for Hungary and our next opportunity for a points haul."

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Series Formula 1
Event British GP
Track Silverstone
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Romain Grosjean , Daniel Ricciardo
Teams Lotus F1 Team , Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news