Lotus director of trackside operations Alan Permane has rejected the idea that Romain Grosjean brake-tested Max Verstappen and caused their accident in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Verstappen crashed out of last Sunday’s race after running over the back of Grosjean’s car when trying to overtake at the first corner.
The 17-year-old emerged from the shunt unscathed, but was handed a five-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix for causing an avoidable incident.
However, Verstappen suggested that Grosjean had brake-tested him by decelerating his car earlier in the corner, thus causing the accident.
“After an unlucky pit stop, I was charging through the field before I got brake-tested and had a hard crash into turn one,” Verstappen wrote on his official website.
Taking to Twitter in the wake of these comments, Permane rejected the idea and explained how Grosjean had in fact braked later than on the previous lap.
Grosjean had been due to finish inside the points for the third race in a row, but the incident left him down in 11th place at the flag. Although he was initially angry with Verstappen, he said after the race that he hoped the crash served as a lesson learned for the rookie driver.