McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was involved in an incident with the Williams of Pastor Maldonado on lap 56 of 57 around the Valencia street circuit in Spain.
The pair were battling for third place when Hamilton’s McLaren ended up in the wall, leaving the 2008 F1 world champion fuming.
Maldonado eventually limped home 10th after losing his front wing in the incident.
Maldonado said the incident would not have happened if Hamilton had given him more space.
“He tried to put me off the track,” said Maldonado.
“He didn’t leave any room for me to stay on and do the corner side by side. I jumped over the kerb and I couldn’t avoid the accident.”
The incident helped Michael Schumacher to his first podium finish since returning to Formula One, while Fernando Alonso became the first driver to win two races this season.