Canadian GP: Chilton gets Austria grid penalty for Bianchi collision
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, June 8th 2014, 21:51 GMT|
Max Chilton has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix following a collision with team-mate Jules Bianchi in Canada.
The Marussia driver clashed wheels with Bianchi at Turn 3 on the opening lap, pitching the Frenchman in to the wall on the outside of the corner.
The race stewards summoned both drivers to explain what happened, and in the end they decided that Chilton had been the guilty party.
Despite the stewards' viewpoint, Chilton himself was adamant that he had given Bianchi enough room to safely get around the corner.
"I got a mega start and was really good into turns one and two," he explained.
"We were side-by-side into turn three and I was half down the inside and I braked at point where I knew I could get around corner.
"He [Bianchi] braked later - and he was only in front of me because he braked so late. There was nothing I could have done.
"I am not going to back off down the inside because he is my team-mate, he should have seen me."