The Brazilian Grand Prix stewards have warned that the collision between Romain Grosjean and Pedro de la Rosa in Q1 could have had a “very serious outcome”.
However they ruled it was a racing incident and imposed no penalty on either driver. The stewards issued the following explanation:
“The driver of car 22 [Pedro de la Rosa] felt that he was following his normal line, was aware that car 10 was behind him and was aware of the speed delta.
“The driver of car 10 [Grosjean] believed he had been seen by the driver of car 22 and that car 22 was moving aside to the right to allow him through.
“Accordingly the stewards consider this a driving incident due to the nature of the track but have advised the drivers, and the drivers agree, that this could have resulted in a very serious outcome.”
De la Rosa blamed Grosjean for the collision, saying: “I was on a flying lap when I was hit by another car.
“It was a dangerous manoeuvre because I couldn’t move aside given the track conditions. As a consequence of the impact, the rear suspension bent and also punctured the rear tyre.”
He added: “I really hope the car is not badly damaged because the race is tomorrow and I want to be able to do my best here in order to finish the season on a good note.”
Grosjean was similarly critical of de la Rosa: “I stayed behind Pedro during his flying lap to not disturb his time, but then when we got to the straight I tried to get past and he just didn’t see me. I braked as much as I could but it was too late; he moved across, there was contact which broke my front wing and that was my afternoon ruined.
“To be honest I’m pretty upset about it; of course, every driver is out there fighting for position but pulling that kind of move when the car behind is clearly faster is just pointless.”
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