McLaren Blame Pizzonia for Crash

Juan Pablo Montoya and his McLaren team chiefs have blamed Antonio Pizzonia for the collision that put him out of the Belgian Grand Prix

McLaren Blame Pizzonia for Crash

Montoya had been running a comfortable second when he came together with Pizzonia late in the race - costing the team the 1-2 finish that would have allowed them to take the lead in the Constructors' Championship.

And although Pizzonia has claimed that Montoya closed the door on him, Montoya believes there is no doubt the Brazilian made a mistake while trying to unlap himself.

"It's always tough to retire from a race but when it's caused by matters out of your or the team's control it's even harder," he explained.

"As I said in the pole position press conference yesterday I drive for my team. So my disappointment is even greater because as a team we were doing a great job.

"I now know that Pizzonia was trying to unlap himself on dry tyres and then hit me from behind whilst trying to do so. This was a disappointing end to what could have been the perfect weekend."

Dennis said: "Both drivers put in a faultless performance today which should have given the team maximum points. Kimi claimed his win in a disciplined and controlled manner in very difficult conditions. Juan Pablo was the innocent victim of other people's mistakes but this should not distract from his race, which was executed with true team spirit.

Haug added: "Unfortunately due to a competitor's mistake we could not take the full benefit of the team's efforts. However Juan Pablo did a brilliant job and didn't put a foot wrong throughout the weekend. I feel sorry for him as the accident was not his fault."

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