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Grosjean given Canada grid penalty for Ricciardo incident

May 26, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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Romain Grosjean has been hit with a 10-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time after causing an accident in today’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver was catching Daniel Ricciardo, but an over-zealous move on the exit of the tunnel saw him crash into the rear of the Toro Rosso. Ricciardo was forced to pull over onto the slip road and retire from the race, whilst Grosjean eventually returned to the pits and did not re-emerge.

The accident brought out the safety car for a third time during the race, and it was the Frenchman’s third incident of the weekend, causing many to question his ability, especially following his one-race ban last season.

Grosjean was called before the stewards after the race where it was decided that he would be relegated ten places on the grid from his qualifying position at next month’s Canadian Grand Prix. This incident will only give Grosjean’s critics ammunition with which to berate the former GP2 champion, but he will be hoping to bounce back from the incident as quickly as possible.

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