Maldonado blames Hamilton for crash during the European Grand Prix
|Sunday, June 24th 2012, 14:19 GMT|
Pastor Maldonado said Lewis Hamilton was entirely to blame for their collision in the final moments of the European Grand Prix.
Williams driver Maldonado was trying to overtake Hamilton's McLaren for third place when they came together on the penultimate lap, sending the Briton into the barriers and out of the race.
Maldonado said the incident would not have happened if Hamilton had given him more space.
"He tried to put me off the track," said Maldonado. "He didn't leave any room for me to stay on and do the corner side by side. I jumped over the kerb and I couldn't avoid the accident."
The Venezuelan felt Hamilton should have accepted that he was going to get overtaken as his McLaren's pace faded.
"I don't know why he drove like that," Maldonado said. "He was struggling too much with the tyres. He was completely lost and at that moment I was getting very good pace. He tried a very aggressive move on me."
While Hamilton's race ended in the clash, Maldonado continued to finish 10th in his damaged car.