F1: Maldonado blames Ricciardo for opening-lap wreck at Silverstone

Pastor Maldonado (near) and his Lotus F1 teammate Romain Grosjean both retired on the opening lap of the 2015 British GP at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England on July 5.

Pastor Maldonado believes that Lotus F1 can bounce back at the next GP in Hungary after both cars were eliminated in the first lap incident at Silverstone.

Although the Venezuelan was able to get going again after being hit by Romain Grosjean, an oil leak led the team to tell him to park at the pit entry.

“It’s frustrating but it’s not the first time it happened,” said Maldonado. “It’s racing. We’ll keep pushing and do our best. It was a good day to be in the points. The car felt quite good, especially on log runs. Hopefully at the next one we can recover a few points. The car has been quite good for all the tracks, we’ve been always fighting for the points. Let’s see in Hungary what we can do.”

Maldonado blamed Daniel Ricciardo for the Silverstone incident: “I just felt the big contact with Romain. Looking at the video I think Ricciardo put Romain into my car. He touched his front right with Romain’s rear left, and Romain just couldn’t avoid the crash. My radiator was broken, I was losing oil, the oil pressure was dropping, so we immediately stopped the engine.”

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