F1 » Hungary drive-thru' penalty 'unfair' says Grosjean


Romain Grosjean said he'd been harshly treated with a drive-thru in Hungary, but he apologised to Jenson Button and took the blame for an earlier incident.

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Amigo

July 28, 2013 5:50 PM

Oh! Grosjean. He should reduce speed and try fewer mistakes first. Grosjean, Perez and Maldonado are fast and aggressive but they make many mistakes and ruin other drivers' race. They try to drive as fast as the car can go and they make mistake as much as they could as well.

LJ

July 28, 2013 6:32 PM
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@rob01 Grosjean had all 4 wheels off the track. The kerb is not part of the track.

From the Formula 1 site:

"20.2 Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not."

Snottub

July 28, 2013 6:36 PM

Several cars put all their wheels off at that spot including Vettel so I think it was an unfair ruling by the stewards. However, I would have given him a grid penalty for his move on Button. I guess that that was why they were leniant on the Button issue because the stewards realised that they had been inconsistent in their ruling,,,,,Again

JJJ

July 28, 2013 6:44 PM

I agree with Grosjean. He's kind of the scapegoat in F1 these days...but then I already thought so last year as well. Yes, the guy has made some mistakes and some of his penalties were deserved, but his penalties are in no way proportional to some of the other (young) drivers that escape unpunished...like for instance Perez at Monaco earlier this year.

I think Grosjean, by actually showing some character and taking responsibilty for some of his indescretions on track is an easy victim for cowardly stewards, while these other guys like Perez just have a hissy fit and blame everyone else and the stewards are like 'ok...ok...sorry'.

Even at the start now where Seb totally squeezed Grosjean the commentary was like 'oh my there we go again' while Romain in fact acted controlled and just kept his line...

JJJ

July 28, 2013 6:56 PM

I was also thinking during the race that it becomes completely impossible for RG to be aggressive in wheel to wheel battles knowing any mishap will be blamed on him. Particularly that 2nd move Hamilton made on Webber for instance, while great racing and great to watch, was kind of on the limit...If you'd consider the runoff area the same as grass or a wall (which apparently you should according to the stewards white line ruling) you'd have to say Hamilton just forced Webber off track.

Again...I liked the move as a spectator but if Button had ran on the grass, RG wouldn't have touched him either...

The rules and rulings are just inconsistent and RG is made out to be the villain.

joat

July 28, 2013 7:00 PM

Completely and totally unjustified. Its racing at its finest and if drivers are instructed to stick behind another we may as well watch paint drying. FIA and stewards are screwed up.

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