No penalty for Vergne/Maldonado clash

No penalty for Vergne/Maldonado clash

Formula 1

No penalty for Vergne/Maldonado clash

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Williams driver Pastor Maldonado and Toro Rosso rival Jean-Eric Vergne have escaped a penalty for their Brazilian Grand Prix collision.

The duo made contact on lap 65 of the 2013 Formula 1 season finale when Vergne dived down the inside of Maldonado at the Senna S. The Williams was sent into a spin while the Toro Rosso continued to finish in 15th position, a place ahead of Maldonado.

The stewards deemed no driver was to blame for the accident.

“The stewards do not believe either driver of car 16 or car 18 were wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident,” a statement said.

Maldonado, in his last race with Williams, said Vergne had been too optimistic with his move.

“It is a very hard place [to overtake] to understand it – I didn’t see him,” Maldonado said. “From my point of view he was very optimistic, I was still ahead, and that is it. Nothing very special.”

Vergne reckoned Maldonado should have left him space.

“I came up the inside of him at Turn 1 and he didn’t leave me any room, so we touched and he spun,” said the Frenchman.

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