Chilton blames team-mate for clash

Max Chilton

Max Chilton has blamed team-mate Jules Bianchi for the first-lap clash that put both men out of yesterday's Canadian Grand Prix.

The Marussia drivers came together at turn three when Chilton seemed to lose control of his car and slide into Bianchi. That triggered a heavy impact with the wall for the Frenchman and caused significant damage to his car. Both men were eliminated on the spot.

Chilton was later handed a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix, but was unwilling to accept blame for the collision.

"We were side-by-side into turn three and I was half down the inside and I braked at point where I knew I could get around corner," Chilton told reporters afterwards.

"He [Bianchi] braked later - and he was only in front of me because he braked so late. There was nothing I could have done.

"I am not going to back off down the inside because he is my team-mate, he should have seen me."

In a post-race statement, Bianchi stopped short of blaming his team-mate.

“I got a great start, kept everyone who was behind me behind and then obviously Max and I were racing each other through turns two and three," explained the Frenchman.

"I braked into turn three and there was an impact, after which I ended up in the wall with a badly damaged car."

Marussia remain ninth in the constructors' standings after bottom-of-the-table rivals Caterham and Sauber both failed to score in Montreal.