Lotus driver Romain Grosjean says Force India rival Sergio Perez apologised for their clash during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Perez sent Grosjean into a spin when they made contact while fighting for position during the Sepang event, a move that cost the Mexican a 10-second pitstop penalty.
Although the Force India driver claimed after the race that he had nowhere to go, Frenchman Grosjean said he had apologised.
"It was a good move on the outside of a high-speed corner, Sergio came to see me and apologised, he had no more tyres left at that stage and he just went a bit wide," said Grosjean ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.
"He got the penalty, which didn't bring back the time I lost or the flat tyres from my spin, but I think we just need to be careful in high-speed corners and not get wheels between each other."
Perez's teammate Nico Hulkenberg was also penalised in Malaysia for a clash with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.
The German insisted he thought the penalty was a harsh call.
"Dani said he didn't see me, and didn't expect me to dive in. It was maybe a bit harsh," he said.