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Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean were left pointing fingers at one another after a Turn 2 collision put a very early end to the Russian Grand Prix for the pair.
Palmer appeared to have the correct line into the very tight bend at the end of the long drag off the line, but Grosjean had other plans by coming on the inside, over the sauasage kerbs at which point Renault tagged him and sent the Haas into the air and then smacked him again to immediately end their respective races.
The FIA had a look at it and deemed it a racing incident, while both drivers refused to take the blame.
Palmer saud afterwards, “I turned into the corner at Turn 2, I had a Sauber on one side and Grosjean stuck his nose in the other side and then basically got hit by him.”
“There wasn’t a gap there for him. I had a car on the other side so I was sandwiched between two cars, and he kept it stuck in off the track on the inside and hit me.”
“I think maybe he doesn’t realise there was a Sauber on my outside. I’m blaming him, I think when you are coming into the corner like that, you are coming in hot, you are coming in off the track on the inside because there is not any space. There’s not much I can do. I couldn’t turn out, I had the Sauber there,” added Palmer.
Grosjean gave his version, “I had a great start, a great run into Turn 1, passed Jolyon under braking. Then I was on the inside, he turned, we had contact, he spun his car. On the first point of view it was Palmer’s fault.”
“I was on the inside, he turned into me, and maybe there was someone on the outside who needs to be pushed on the outside. There is no room on the inside.
“I was really full of hope going into the race trying to analyse what we could do better and help the guys to work hard for the next race and see what we could do. Maybe it wasn’t points today, but it was 53 important laps, then we just got ruined at the first corner,” lamented the Frenchman.