Although he admits that it did not necessarily affect the outcome of his Monaco Grand Prix, Anthony Davidson felt a little aggrieved to be handed a drive-through penalty for allegedly ignoring blue flags.

Having qualified badly, the Briton knew that he could be in for a hard afternoon, with a largely reliable field running on a circuit not conducive to overtaking, but he was determined to soldier on and see what he could pick up in terms of positions and, if the unthinkable happened, points. However, after a sluggish start, which saw him drop behind Adrian Sutil's Spyker, Davidson found himself embroiled in a multi-car scrap for positions outside the top ten, eventually coming home 18th, two laps down on the all-conquering McLarens.

"Just to finish this race is an achievement in its own right," the F1 rookie insisted, "Going out there this afternoon, I didn't expect much from the positions we were in and
I got an average start. I went into turn one with a Renault, tapped him and got a hole in my nose cone. Fortunately, it didn't affect the car too badly and I was able to keep pushing."

It wasn't the race that frustrated him most, however, having been handed a penalty that dropped him further down the order.

"About halfway through the race, when I was stuck behind Trulli's Toyota, Massa was slowly catching me up, at about two-tenths of a second a lap," he explained, "I was waiting until he got closer to let him by, and I was going to let him pass when we got a drive-through penalty. He was about two seconds behind me at that time, so I think it's a little bit unfair.

"I've always been good in traffic and I think that other people were being bad about the blue flags out there, so maybe they made an example out of me."

 

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