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The first lap collision that saw four cars retire after just one corner of the race in Belgium was caused by Romain Grosjean, and the French driver has paid the price with the stewards handing him a one race ban.
The official statement read: “The stewards regard this incident as an extremely serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others. It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race.” The team themselves did not try and excuse Grosjean’s actions, agreeing it was a serious mistake from their young driver.
The penalty will see Romain sit out next weekend’s race in Monza, and it’s likely that Lotus reserve driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio will get the call up - Boullier suggesting the chances are “very high.”
Meanwhile, Stefano Domenicali has suggested drivers need to start learning before they get to F1 not to drive so aggressively, saying: “The most important thing is looking at the behaviour of drivers - it has to start in the championships before Formula 1.”
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