Romain Grosjean says he was shocked by the penalty he received in the French Grand Prix for his first-lap collision with Esteban Ocon.
The Haas driver received a five-second time penalty and two points on his licence for the incident which happened before the first corner.
“I got the video this morning and when I saw it I was pretty shocked that I got a penalty for that,” he added.
Grosjean said he was edged into Ocon’s path by Charles Leclerc’s Sauber on his right.
“I couldn’t know if [Ocon] was there because from the beginning I’m almost on the edge of the track so I’m not expecting a car to be there. I didn’t see him.”
“When you see the onboard Leclerc is pushing me to the left, I’m going to the left and then he does a movement,” Grosjean added. “Obviously I don’t want my front wing to be damaged so I moved a little bit to the left as well but that’s all. I think they were drinking rose wine.”
Grosjean said he apologised to Ocon in a text message after the race but didn’t receive a reply.
“I think anyway they ruined their race in turn three with Gasly: [he] turned in, Gasly was there. What can I say? We’re in Austria, we move on.
“I had damage from that and then damage from when Sebastian [Vettel] hit me in turn three. The car was quite badly… there were two parts on the car that wasn’t ours and then the floor was damaged.
“That’s why we struggled a bit in the first stint and then I think the pace was good and I was happy with my driving during the race. It just didn’t come our way. We’re here, another weekend, I’m ready to go.”
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