Romain Grosjean had two penalty points added to his licence following his clash with Will Stevens during the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Lotus driver was deemed responsible for the contact between the two drivers while lapping the Manor driver. In addition to a five-second time penalty during the race, which had no effect on his finishing position of tenth, Grosjean moves up to a total of four penalty points.
“OK if it was my fault with the Marussia I’m very sorry,” Grosjean told his team on the radio after the race. “But the rule says that the lapped car should leave the line.”
Grosjean later accepted responsibility for the incident. “I thought I was past the Manor,” he said, “but it was soon clear that I wasn’t.”
“It was my fault entirely and I apologise for it. You never stop learning as a driver.”
Stevens was unimpressed with the Lotus driver. “He’s so stupid,” he told his race engineer, “he cuts in front of me every single time he overtakes”.
“Where does he want me to go, off the track?”
The stewards took Stevens’ side, ruling Grosjean “moved unnecessarily abruptly to the left thus causing a collision”.
However the stewards cleared Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg of any blame for the incident which caused the Force India driver to spin at the chicane as Vettel overtook him. “No driver was at fault,” they ruled.