Date published: November 12 2017
Romain Grosjean was left puzzled by the stewards’ decision to punish him with a 10-second stop-go penalty for causing a collision on the opening lap.
The Frenchman picked up a puncture after chaotic start in Brazil which result in him hitting Esteban Ocon’s Force India and bringing an end to his compatriot’s record run of 27 consecutive race finishes from the start of his Formula 1 career.
Grosjean was second-last of the finishers, but was furious when he eventually found out he had to serve 10-second penalty for an incident he felt had no control over.
“The only thing I can say about the opening lap is that I got massively hit in turn one,” Grosjean said.
“I believe I had a puncture on the rear left. I got to turn six and lost the car, and I think it was just the puncture. Getting a penalty on top of that – I’m not super happy with it. I want to see the footage.
“The positive from the race is that the last stint on the supersoft, the car felt amazing. Even though we had massive floor damage, it felt really good. We now need to understand why it felt so good and move on to Abu Dhabi.”
Grosjean also tweeted his view about the incident:
I’m sorry for @OconEsteban , but with a puncture (from being hit into turn 1) it’s rather difficult to control the car… Personally struggling to understand the penalty though!
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) November 12, 2017