It was a Miami Grand Prix to forget for McLaren, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing outside the points in thirteenth and with Lando Norris retiring.
The British driver had been struggling during the inaugural race in Miami and was sitting in fourteenth place on lap 41, when suddenly he found himself spinning and with only three wheels on his MCL36.
On the exit of Turn 7, Norris was hit on his rear-right tyre by Pierre Gasly, sending him spinning initially before coming to a stop alongside the wall.
The AlphaTauri driver ran extremely wide at the corner, before re-joining onto the racing line without realising the McLaren driver was alongside.
Gasly was quick to blame not Norris but Fernando Alonso, whom the Frenchman had a collision with at the start of the same lap.
“Fernando crashed into us in turn 1 and basically broke the rear right of the car. So we tried to go for one more lap to see if we could continue and make it to the end of the race but the car was too damaged to stay on track as we saw through the first sector,” said Gasly.
“On the way back to the pits, we had contact with Norris and I was trying to turn right and let the guys pass and then Lando came and unfortunately we had contact.
“I must say I’m extremely disappointed because it was a great start, it was a great afternoon. We passed Lewis [Hamilton] at the start, we were looking for around P8 at the chequered flag and it would have been a nice battle with Fernando but I don’t really know what’s happened.
“I haven’t seen the footage but he hit us quite hard at the back and broke the car. A lot positives but obviously extremely disappointing not to finish the race.”
Norris was understandably disappointed following the crash but told Sky Sports F1 that he wasn’t sure if the Frenchman had damage prior to the clash.
“It’s tough. I’ve looked at it a few times now but it’s tricky. I don’t know if he had damage or something,” the McLaren driver said.
“I left space obviously, I knew he was on my right but the track kind of kinks to the right. I’m going with the flow of the circuit and it didn’t look like he was. He was looking in his right mirror.
“I thought I did what I would normally do but just ended up being a silly accident.
“I’m quite annoyed I guess, we could have scored maybe one or two points today but it happens. We’re lucky we didn’t lose out on too much.”