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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