He’s done it again. Romain Grosjean has crashed again, this time not only being unable to finish the race, but also taking two drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly out with him. Hulkenberg, furious at him for the crash, went on to say that the Frenchman needs to work on himself.
The incident was triggered when on Turn 3, Grosjean lost control of the car and underwent a massive spin in the middle of the circuit. While doing so, he kept his foot on the gas pedal to ensure the engine didn’t stall and he could continue after the mistake. This little step went on to become a disaster for two other drivers. As Grosjean tried to accelerate his car and forcing it into position, the tires released huge amount of spoke. So much so that the drivers behind him were blinded by what was ahead of them.
This incident earned Romain Grosjean a three place penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Haas Team Principal, Gunther Steiner, was critical of the penalty that was given to Grosjean.
“That’s kicking the guy in the face when he’s on his knees,” said Steiner.
“He tried to get out of the way, that it his explanation,”
“He tried to get across the track to get out of it and he hit two.
“He was turned and he said ‘I had a decision to make, do I stand still or do I go through?’ He went through and he knocked two out.
“If he had stood still maybe he would have knocked five out, we don’t know. It’s never a good position to be in, the middle of a car track, whatever you do. For me it’s a start incident.
“Yes, it doesn’t look good when you accelerate when are in the middle of the track, but it’s a millisecond decision that you need to make and he made the decision to run across.
“I feel sorry for them that they were taken out but he didn’t try an overtaking manoeuvre to take them out or understeer into anything.
“At the moment his reputation is not the highest one to do things he shouldn’t be doing so maybe he’s an easy target.”
Grosjean is yet to score points this season. Haas’ 19 points and 6th in the constructors position is all down to Kevin Magnussen who finished a strong 7th at the Spanish Grand Prix.