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Romain Grosjean handed 20 second time penalty

Jul 28, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Romain Grosjean has been handed a 20-second time penalty following an incident between him and Jenson Button in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver attempted to pass Button at turn six heading into the chicane, but the two drivers made contact and Grosjean ran on at the chicane. However, instead of handing the position back, Grosjean held his place and went on to finish the race in 6th place ahead of Button.

Button immediately asked his team to take the matter to race control, but the stewards confirmed that they would investigate the incident after the race. Later on, Grosjean received a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits when passing Felipe Massa at turn four.

The 20 second penalty does not see Grosjean lose any positions after he finished 21.5 seconds ahead of Button, the aggrieved party, which may cause many to question the steward’s decision as it has as much affect on the race result as no penalty at all.

  1. brianskrocki - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I can see the punishment for the incident with Button. However, he was absolutely hosed on the call for the drive thru. Nothing wrong what-so-ever with his pass of Massa. He was robbed, and I’m not a fan of Grosjean, but wrong is wrong, and that call was dead wrong. Wonder if because of his past history he isn’t treated a bit more harshly by the stewards?

  2. kitnamania13 - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    The stewards had to impose some sort of penalty for this, but considering how they screwed Grosjean with the Massa call, I think they did the right thing by imposing a time penalty that didn’t affect his finishing position. For all of the mistakes he’s made these past two seasons, and there have been A TON, he drove really well this weekend.

    • brianskrocki - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Good point. Sums up Grosjean very well. He did drive very well this weekend, and he has made a ton of mistakes over the last 2 years. The Massa pass wasn’t one of them, it was just a really good pass. On the bright side for Lotus and Grosjean, his mistakes are born out of aggression. He is fast – which is the object. Don’t they say it is better to have to slow someone down as opposed to trying to speed them up?

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