Pastor Maldonado blames Lewis Hamilton for the crash that put him out of the Monaco GP shortly after the restart.
Hamilton tried a move up the inside at Ste Devote, which ended in heavy contact that put the Venezuelan into the barrier. Hamilton was given a 20 secs penalty that didn’t affect his sixth position.
“I think he tried on myself exactly the same manoeuvre that he tried on Felipe,” said Maldonado. “Exactly the same. He was too optimistic. I think this is a very narrow track. I think you must be very carefully on the overtaking. I did many overtakings all through the race, and I never had some problems, because I was very convinced to do that.
“For sure he was maybe in some troubles because of his position, he’s fighting for the championship. I think we did a very great job until the crash.
“In order to overtake there you must be side by side, and he wasn’t. You know I think he was too optimistic, because of the conditions of the race, and he was on option tyres. That’s it.”
Asked bythis blog whether he had seen Lewis coming or expected a move, he said: “I was looking for my line you know, and I just feel the crash. No way.”