Grosjean sorry after pile-up
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean apologised for an error at Spa which caused a major pile-up in the first corner
Romain Grosjean has apologised and vowed to learn after causing a frightening first-corner smash in the Belgian Grand Prix for which he was hammered by the stewards.
It was the seventh early-race incident in which Grosjean has been involved this year, and the Frenchman appears to lack spatial awareness. On this occasion at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Grosjean tried to cut across Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren, only to bump wheels, sparking a chain reaction that resulted in an almighty pile-up.
Grosjean appeared shellshocked as he spoke, but was honest in admitting to his faults as he said: "I accept my mistake. I misjudged the gap with Lewis. I thought I was in front of him. It was a small mistake, but a big incident. I'm very sorry, and I'm just glad nobody is hurt. That's the main thing."
On-board footage showed Grosjean's Lotus come within inches of championship leader Fernando Alonso's helmet as it flew over the front of the Ferrari.
Alongside Alonso and Hamilton, Sauber driver Sergio Perez's race was also destroyed, resulting in the stewards deciding to ban Grosjean for next Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He was also fined 50,000 euro (£40,000).
It is the first time a driver has been banned from a race since Michael Schumacher was excluded for two grands prix in 1994 for ignoring black flags during the British event.
Accepting he may need to change his ways, Grosjean added: "If there is more than one (mistake) then that is too many. It is too much. I know that. Some are not my fault, but I will analyse and I will try to not repeat it in the seven last races.
"For sure I don't want to do any more (crashes), so I will work as much as I can to try and avoid those. It's just most of the time misjudgement of the space I have in front or the space I have on the side. It's true we don't see much in the mirrors and stuff like that and it goes very quick at the start.
"I was 100% sure I was in front of Lewis, but I was not so I need to rethink about my view of the car. I am most angry at myself to have misjudged the gap with Lewis' car."
Team principal Eric Boullier, who described the penalty as "severe", believes the one-race ban will give Grosjean time to reflect on the error of his ways. "Being in the wrong place is not good, and that means we have to keep working and talking - more talking I think - as to the reason why he is in the wrong place," said Boullier.
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"It was the seventh early- race incident in which Grosjean has been involved "....."appears to lack spatial awareness" Not a good testimony for a racing driver!
Should he be on the track at all, putting others` lives at risk as well as jeopardising other drivers` chances and causing serious damage to their cars? Why was he not banned after the earlier incidents, which surely indicated that he was a risk to himself and the other drivers?
It`s fortunate that nobody has been seriously injured or killed.
Alonso seems to have had a lucky escape, according to the report.
Where was Hamilton supposed to go - on to the grass and into the wall causing an even bigger accident. Grosjean needs to learn quickly from his mistakes before he kills someone. Alonso was extemely lucky.
I saw Grosjean a while back and on several occasions.
He's a bit dangerous, I don't know how he has managed to get so far with the awareness missing from him.
I've met people like this on the road, best place for them is in front of you and you can avoid the idiots who go from Close to your backside to someone elses.
Shame all the other drivers was out at the first corner.
He didnt have to try so hard at the start of the race
He had the whole race to work up to the front of the pack.
Its no use saying he thought he was in front of lewis,he badly judged where he was and saying sorry and it cost not only him but knocked other drivers out as well.
What would of happened if he had caused serious injury to the other drivers ,
When drivers are repeat offenders they are not only a danger to others they are a danger to them selves, if they won't tow the line they should be shown the door.
Accidents and mishaps do happen in this type of racing but Grosjean is not learning by his many mistakes and it makes you wonder why!!!
I think in circumstances like that incident Hamilton would not have had time to react, he's not super human and it all happens so quick.
I agree with Mrs W below. sadly althought Grosjean is a good driver he isnt a F1 driver and after crashing out of a number of races this year i think he should walk away from F1 before he kills someone.
Maybe a drop down to F2 should be made by him for a year or so until he is able to learn the tracks and is up to speed..
he should take note of people who are far better then he is and remember what others had said durring this weekend
You DONT win a Grandpix race on the first corner
But you can certainly loose one
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