Pizzonia Blames Coulthard for Crash

Antonio Pizzonia has said he was surprised that an experienced driver like David Coulthard got involved in the start-line accident that wrecked their Brazilian Grand Prix

Pizzonia Blames Coulthard for Crash

Coulthard and Pizzonia tripped over each other on the run down to the first corner, with Pizzonia's Williams spinning across the track and into teammate Mark Webber.

And after viewing a replay of the crash on television, Pizzonia is adamant that Coulthard was responsible.

"I am very disappointed for sure, as I finished my home Grand Prix before the first corner," said the Brazilian. "My car was in a straight line and I was on full power, I still hadn't started braking when I just felt a sudden impact from behind.

"I watched the replay of the accident and I saw it was Coulthard. I am very surprised he did this because he has many, many Grands Prix under his belt and is not someone who usually makes such mistakes."

Webber, who was eventually able to rejoin the race after repairs were made to his car, admitted that he had accidentally moved across on Coulthard in a bid to avoid a damp patch at the first corner.

"I had a reasonable start and got away ok from the grid, but right then David Coulthard, came between me and Antonio and I didn't see him until the last moment," he said.

"It was very, very tight and I was looking to get away from the damp area at turn one. Unfortunately, when David tried to pull out of the position he was in he clipped the back of Antonio, who then spun into me. I could see the bodywork was damaged but I didn't know how heavily so I went back into the garage and jumped out of the car so that the mechanics could fix it.

"At that point it was important to join the race again in order to possibly gain a better starting position for qualifying in Japan and to see what we could learn about our race pace after a poor qualifying session."

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