Adrian Sutil has blamed Pastor Maldonado for the “stupid” move that saw the pair make contact at the Spa chicane.
Sutil was able to continue unharmed, but the Williams driver then slammed hard into Paul Di Resta, knocking the Force India driver out of the race. Maldonado later received a stop and go penalty from the stewards.
“You know with certain drivers you have to be a bit more cautious and careful,” Sutil told this writer. “Maldonado hit my left rear tyre, and I wasn’t sure if it was still OK. I think what he was trying to do was absolutely stupid. I don’t know, what can you say?
“If you are absolutely on the outside and there are three cars on the inside and you want to go inside to the pits, well you can’t. You have to sometimes think a little bit earlier. He almost took me out of the race, he took Paul out of the race, and Gutierrez was also close to getting out of the race.”
Meanwhile Di Resta said: “I don’t see myself at fault in any way, shape or form on that one. He wasn’t going to make the cone in the pits so I don’t know what he was trying to do, I don’t know where he was going.”