Gutierrez hit with grid penalty but blames Maldonado for crash

Guteirrez Sauber

Esteban Gutierrez has blamed Pastor Maldonado for their collision during yesterday's British Grand Prix.

However the stewards have seen the incident differently, handing the Sauber driver a three-place grid penalty for the upcoming German Grand Prix.

They described Gutierrez as being 'predominantly at fault' for the collision, which saw Maldonado launched into the air. The Venezuelan was able to continue but later retired with exhaust problems.

Meanwhile Gutierrez limped on but came to a halt a few corners later with terminal damage to his car. However he maintains that Maldonado was the guilty party.

"After the restart I was fighting with Pastor," recalled the Mexican.

"When I tried to overtake him in turn 16 he braked and did not leave me enough space. I was already beside him and could not avoid a collision with him."

Silverstone was not the pair's first coming together this season: Maldonado hit Gutierrez in Bahrain, sending the Sauber into a spectacular flip. Both men are enduring torrid seasons, with neither scoring world championship points thus far in 2014.