McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks following his clash with Felipe Massa in the Spanish GP on Sunday.
The young Belgian tried to defend his position into turn 1, but turned in on Massa as he was overtaken by the more experienced Brazilian on lap 33.
The two drivers subsequently rubbed shoulders, with Vandoorne’s race finishing early as he broke his right front tyre and suspension.
Vandoorne admitted via team radio that he misjudged the gap between his car and Massa’s Williams, and damaged his car in an incident very similar to Verstappen and Räikkönen’s turn 1 clash on lap one.
Vandoorne’s retirement brought out the Virtual Safety Car as his McLaren was removed from its perilous position in the gravel trap at the end of the start-finish straight, meaning the rest of the drivers had to back off and stick to a pre-assigned delta time while his car was recovered.
The Stewards later deemed Vandoorne to be at fault and awarded him the grid penalty for the next race in Monaco.