Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has been given a one-race ban for causing the first-corner crash today at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Grosjean, who has had a number of first-lap mishaps this season, has also been fined 50,000 Euros for the incident, and now looks set to miss the next race in Italy.

The Frenchman started eighth, but squeezed Lewis Hamilton at the start, and the two then collided. Grosjean's car was then pitched up into the air and on to the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, passing just inches from the Spaniard's head [to see pictures of the carnage - CLICK HERE]. Although no-one was injured, the stewards were scathing in their verdict.

"The Stewards regard this as an extremely serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others," read a statement from the FIA. "It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race.

"The Stewards note the team conceded the action of the driver was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty."

Lotus has yet to confirm if it will appeal, although it seems unlikely.