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Grosjean handed race ban

Romain Grosjean punished by stewards after an 'extremely serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others'

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.



Related Pictures

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02.09.2012- Race, Start of the race, Crash, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
02.09.2012- Race, Start of the race, Crash, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
02.09.2012- Race, Start of the race, Crash, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
02.09.2012- Race, Start of the race, Crash, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012

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clurpr - Unregistered

September 02, 2012 5:43 PM

@ Tom When the guy has been involved in crashes 7 times on the first lap in 12 races, I think he should be banned. He is a danger to other drivers and could have possibly caused a hell of a lot more damage to other drivers today. What would have happened if his car would have gone over Alonso's head and not the front of his car?



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