Romain Grosjean still cannot understand why he was penalised for the collision between him and Esteban Ocon at the race start during the Brazilian Grand Prix.
In the opening lap of the race, Grosjean lost control of his car at Turn 5 and hit Ocon who crashed into the barriers. This was Ocon’s first retirement in Formula 1.
Stewards reviewed the incident and handed Grosjean a 10 second stop and go penalty.
After the race, Grosjean apologised to Ocon for the crash but was still wondering why he was penalised for what he believes was a simple racing accident. The Frenchman thinks he spun due to a tyre puncture.
Grosjean put out a video message after the race that said: “Not the race we were hoping for. I’m sorry for the contact with Esteban.
“I was touched strongly from behind, I believe I had a puncture from there so when I got to Turn 6, I lost the car and he was on the outside.
“It’s to me a racing incident, in my opinion, I’m really struggling to understand the penalty. It is what it is and we have to move on.”
But Ocon had another opinion about the collision and believes Grosjean pushed too hard and that caused the crash.
“I was ahead the braking point, and he just lost it in the rear and crashed into me,” Ocon said.
” [The penalty] is a small recognition. I blame him, it was his fault, for sure.
“He shouldn’t have pushed that much and shouldn’t have lost the car. That’s it. I’m not going to go and shout at him, there’s no point.”
While Ocon retired, Grosjean could continue the race and finished 15th. But the Haas driver believes he had the pace to come within the points range.
“I think it was a race where we could have aimed for points, the car felt pretty good, especially with all the damage we had,” he said.
“The last stint, the car on supersofts really was how I like it, so we’re going to work on that and try and take some positives to Abu Dhabi.”