Daniel Ricciardo has branded Romain Grosjean an 'idiot' in the wake of their clash in last weekend's 2013 F1 Monaco Grand Prix and he has said he is not surprised the Frenchman got a ten-place grid penalty for the next race in Canada.
Ricciardo had been running just outside the points in 13th when he was hit from behind by Grosjean's Lotus on the run to the Nouvelle Chicane in the final stages of the race. The incident put both drivers out and the Aussie definitely wasn't impressed, elaborating on his feelings in his latest blog on the official Toro Rosso website.
“I came here at the beginning of last week really looking forward to the Monaco Grand Prix but now, frankly, I'm happy this one's over. I'm keen to get to Canada and hopefully have a much better weekend,” he wrote.
“The impact from the Grosjean crash was pretty hard but the car did its job and I was able to walk away, though the damage to the rear-end was pretty extensive. The chassis should be OK but it was a late night at the track for the guys in the garage sorting it all out.
“For myself it was a trip to see the stewards'. I'm not surprised Romain picked up a penalty: we were in the stewards' office together and, to be honest, I didn't need to say much. They had the data and once I saw the video, it was pretty much what I thought it had been. Tom Kristensen [driver steward, eight times Le Mans winner] was there and he's experienced enough to understand that type of collision.
“Sometimes when things like this happen, you want to blow off steam but by that point I really couldn't be bothered shouting and screaming at Grosjean. It was a disappointing end to a deeply unsatisfying weekend and I didn't want to waste the energy yelling “screw you, what the hell were you thinking?” I just said “you're an idiot”, and that was it.
“If there's a bright side, it's that it didn't cost me any points. It's a funny sort of positive to take away but I'd have felt a lot worse if I'd been in the top ten at that stage.”