Romain Grosjean apologised to Pierre Gasly for the collision between the pair during final practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The pair made contact approaching turn 17 as Gasly appeared to gesture in frustration at Grosjean, who was driving slowly on the racing line.
Gasly said Grosjean told him he wasn’t aware the Toro Rosso was catching him at the time. “He apologised and told me that no one told him that I was coming, and when he checked in his mirrors he didn’t see me. Then four seconds later I was already next to him.”
Some drivers found they had to lap very slowly between runs to preserve their tyres, which Gasly pointed out caused the significant difference in speed between the two cars.
“It doesn’t really make sense,” he said. “At the moment we are one minute 20 [seconds] slower than a quick lap so there’s a massive speed difference between the cars.
“I came pretty fast so we did like two seconds to travel a lot more distance than the others and sometimes you look behind two seconds later the guy is already right behind you.
“Romain came to apologise to me and said his engineer didn’t really let him know and by the time he checked he didn’t see me coming. In the end he blocked me. In the heat of the moment I was pretty upset.”
The stewards took the difference in speed between the two cars into account when the investigated the incident. They concluded neither driver deserved a penalty.
“The driver of car 10 [Gasly] conceded that he did not think the driver of car eight [Grosjean] was able to see him and it was noted that the closing speed differential was well in excess of 120 kph.
“The driver of car eight received no warning from his team by radio and stated that he had no visibility of car 10’s rapid approach. He stated had he known car 10 was approaching he would have moved completely off the track.
“Instead he turned into the corner, somewhat off the racing line but in doing so came into contact with car 10 which was on a push lap, and was unable to avoid it due to the very high speed differential.”
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