Verstappen must learn from mistake, says Grosjean

Thu Jun 4, 2015 5:59pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Formula One teenager Max Verstappen drew criticism from an aggrieved Romain Grosjean and others on Thursday after saying the biggest crash of his fledgling career would have no impact on his approach to racing.

"It will not change me as a racing driver," the 17-year-old Dutch driver told reporters at the Canadian Grand Prix, his first appearance since smashing into the back of Grosjean's Lotus in Monaco.

"I will keep fighting and especially when you want to fight for points, I will still go for it," added the Toro Rosso driver, who was handed a five-place grid penalty for Montreal after stewards ruled he was to blame.

He had also accused Grosjean, once dubbed a 'first lap nutcase' by Australian Mark Webber for crashes in his early career, of braking early -- something the Frenchman angrily rejected.

"Max is really, really talented, and what he has been doing is quite impressive, but he has made a mistake," Grosjean told reporters.

"I find it disappointing he hasn't learned from it. Even this morning in the press conference he was saying, 'I'm going to drive the same way'. Formula One is dangerous, and you need to keep that in mind.

"We went to the stewards after the grand prix, I tapped him on the back and he could have said, 'I'm sorry'. But to then say he brake-tested me is completely wrong because I braked later than the lap before."

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Formula One - F1 - Monaco Grand Prix 2015 - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo - 
Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen during qualifying
Reuters / Max Rossi