Zhou Guanyu says Nicholas Latifi should pay more attention to his mirrors after the pair collided and retired from yesterday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
“The lap before he nearly put me into the wall at turn eight,” said Zhou. “Then that lap he went deep at turn three, he was defending into turn four, five and then I was like ‘okay, I’ll go to the outside’.
“We were side-by-side, the next thing I saw was him going fully across to the left. So that put myself into the wall. It was a bit unnecessary considering it was only like lap three, lap four in the race.”
“He needs to watch his mirrors more,” said Zhou, who started five places ahead of Latifi but fell behind him after a slow start.
“There’s not much I can do,” he said. “I was alongside him and the guy just decided to fully close the door and put me into the wall.
“The front-right suspension was broken after that. It’s a bit unfortunate because I feel like the pace was there.
“Of course we had a little bit of an issue at the start, but it’s not ideal because we tried to race fair, but when you don’t have any room when you’re alongside, they’re just not racing.”
Latifi was given a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix for causing their collision.
“I guess it’s pretty straightforward from my side, so I don’t know what the stewards [could] do,” said Zhou. “But anyway, I think for the result it doesn’t really change much.”
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