Canadian grid penalty for Grosjean, Raikkonen escapes with reprimand

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26 May 2013 by TF1T Staff
          

Romain Grosjean has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix for causing a collision which resulted in Daniel Ricciardo and himself retiring.

The Frenchman, who has a history of causing collisions which resulted a one-race ban last season, ran into the back of the Toro Rosso as he exited the tunnel on lap 62.

His attempts to secure 13th from the Australian saw both drivers sustain race ending damage, though Grosjean recovered to the pits for a new front-wing, he was later called in with damage to his floor.

He will start the Canadian GP ten places lower than he qualifies as a result.

Ricciardo believes Grosjean just misjudged his braking point, leading to the 'dangerous' crash.

"I could see that Grosjean had got a good run out of the tunnel and that he was close, so I defended my line and the next thing I knew he was over the back of me," he said.

"I haven’t seen it on a TV yet, but at the moment I believe it was a misjudgement on his part and a costly one that was quite dangerous, even if we are both okay."

Grosjean's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was called to the stewards for speeding under the safety car. He was reprimanded and retains his tenth place which awards a single point.