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Chilton handed grid penalty for Bianchi collision

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Max Chilton has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix after causing a collision which took himself and team-mate Jules Bianchi out of the race on the opening lap in Canada.

Marussia came back to earth with a bang after its maiden points finish in Monaco, with Chilton getting out of shape on the approach to Turn 4 and losing the rear of his car. That put him into the path of Bianchi and pitched the Frenchman into the wall and out of the race, while also ending his own run of 26 consecutive race finishes.

It was a disappointing end to a promising race weekend for Marussia after both its drivers narrowly missed out on making it into Q2 on Saturday.

Chilton said: "The incident between myself and Jules obviously ended not only our own races but also the team's, so it's sad for all the guys after making such progress again. I had a good start, pulled away from the cars behind into Turn 1, queued into Turn 2, then we had a coming together into Turn 3.

"The resulting accident was very unfortunate for us both and after a race to remember in Monaco, perhaps a race to forget here in Canada, but the one thing we'll keep hold of is how well the car is developing, so my thanks to all the team."

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