The resulting barrier repairs brought out the red flag and also impacted team-mate Bianchi’s race after the TECPRO crash barrier rebounded into the race track. Chilton discussed the incident with Maldonado in a team statement after the race, saying “With regard to the accident with Pastor, Esteban made a late lunge into the chicane and I could see he was locked up so I had to take action to avoid him, which meant missing the chicane. I rejoined coming out of Turn 11 and the apex to Turn 12 was fast approaching. I was aware that someone was behind me but not alongside me.”
The Brit also shared his views on the resulting drive-through penalty, saying “The stewards determined a drive-through penalty for me and I accept that decision.” He added that he went to see if “Pastor was okay” after the incident and it “made for a difficult rest of the race” for the rookie.
Despite the penalty and crash, Chilton felt pleased with the race and its end result: “Overall I’m pleased with a positive conclusion to the race after what has been a difficult weekend for us. I fought hard in the latter stages to ensure we had something good to take away from Monaco and naturally I am very happy that I was able to get past Van Der Garde on the penultimate lap for 14th.
Team-mate Jules Bianchi was caught up in the Maldonado-Chilton crash, saying “After Maldonado hit the barrier in the accident with Max, the barrier came back out at me and my nose was damaged, so I had just pitted when the Red Flag came out. I was lucky that the damage was only limited to the nose and I could continue with the race.”
However he suffered a failed front right brake disc later in the race that “took me out at Ste Devote.” He concluded that “It’s a big shame but we have learned a lot I’m sure from some of the problems we had this weekend.”
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