Mikhail Aleshin has blamed Julien Jousse for his retirement in the first World Series by Renault race of the weekend at Silverstone.
The Russian driver was looking to continue the run of consistency that has taken him to second place in the driver standings, but left himself with plenty to do when he could only qualify 16th.
Nonetheless, the Russian driver was making solid progress up the order when Jousse clipped the rear of his Carlin car coming onto the Hangar Straight, resulting in a dramatic rear-wing failure.
Although Aleshin was able to nurse the car to the pit-lane, he would be the first driver to retire, a consequence that will leave him last on the grid for the second race.
“We had contact with Julien Jousse,” a disgruntled Aleshin told Crash.net Radio
. “He just crashed into me on the straight and my rear-wing fell off. That is the whole story basically.
“I spoke with him [Jousse] after the race and he said that he didn't realise the gap was as small between myself and him. It is a racing incident, nothing more.”
Although he remains second in the standings, Aleshin has fallen further behind runaway championship leader Giedo van der Garde, the Dutchman's fifth place finish increasing his advantage to 38 points.
“This isn't good news for my championship, but we aren't even half way through the championship so I am still confident. I have been here for three years now because the team is great, so I think I can still challenge.”
It is a situation he doesn't expect to get any better as van der Garde starts the second race from the front row and he is forced to getaway from last.
“I start from last and if it is dry then it won't be interesting because it isn't easy to pass on this circuit. My only hope is if it rains, because that should provide more opportunities for me.”