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F1 German Grand Prix: We must set an example for young drivers – Grosjean

Romain Grosjean is concerned young drivers will consider it acceptable to make on minimal lifts under yellow flags after Nico Rosberg example.
Romain Grosjean says he is worried the FIA and drivers are setting a bad example to young drivers coming through the ranks after allowing Nico Rosberg's pole position under double waved yellow flags in the Hungarian Grand Prix go unpunished.

Rosberg was belatedly investigated hours after the Budapest qualifying session after it was suggested he failed to lift sufficiently through a yellow flag section, deployed following a spin for Fernando Alonso further up the road.

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The German escaped punishment after proving he did ease off in acknowledgement, though data is known to show a time loss of just 0.1s. It is a scant margin for error that has created division amongst drivers, with many wanting greater clarification on what 'lifting' represents ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Indeed, Haas driver Grosjean feels the episode is setting a bad example to drivers coming through the ranks that don't have the advantage of state-of-the-art radio or experienced marshals.

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“If we want to improve safety that is the first one to improve because setting pole position under a double yellow is a bit dodgy,” he said. “The thing is that he didn't get anything so everyone is going to push the limit and say 'I backed off, look, I backed off' even if it's a [nothing]. I think if we want to make the safety grade we are an example for all the young drivers, that when it's yellow we need to slow down.

“We're lucky in Formula One because we have the radio, we have the best cars, we have the best marshals but if there's a young guy racing Formula Renault 2.0 who sees they can do a pole position under a yellow flag then he's going to go for the same and there may be marshals or whatever on the track. That is something I think we can do better.”

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July 29, 2016 8:25 AM
Last Edited 116 days ago

Very glad the drivers are speaking out about this. Some Rosberg fans have mistakenly thought it was sour grapes by Lewis to raise the safety issue, but every rider who has ventured an opinion on this, Vettel, Button, Ricciardo, Alonso, Kimi, and now Grosjean, have said that it was wrong for Race Direction NOT to penalise Nico. In fact, the entire paddock, except for Mercedes who have to show to Nico that they support him, think it was wrong.


July 29, 2016 9:51 AM

I don't want to comment on the rights or wrongs of Nico's move, only that Grosjean is hardly in a position to lecture anyone on the do's and don'ts of safety . His record for daft moves makes Rosberg look like a choir boy.

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