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Grosjean gets three-place grid penalty for Monaco

Grosjean gets three-place grid penalty for Monaco”

The Frenchman has no points after five races and that is made worse by the fact Haas have been very competitive, and team-mate Kevin Magnussen has been getting the most out of the vehicle more often than not.

Hulkenberg said Grosjean has to "work on himself" but Steiner doesn't think there was much Grosjean could have done differently.

"I've seen a reply on the way back, not much I can do in that situation, Romain he spins on his own, he's doing the ballet dancer and wipes two out so very frustrating".

A statement explained their reasoning for giving the Haas driver a three-place penalty at the next race in Monaco.

While Grosjean defended his claim that he accelerated across the track to avoid other cars, the stewards thought otherwise.

"Further, in reviewing the video, the stewards found that the auto was following the line on the left side of the track and was nearly fully off the track, when he made the decision to cross it". If a driver reaches 12 penalty points in that period, he will receive an automatic one-race ban.

But Haas' Steiner is not all that concerned.

"That's kicking the guy in the face when he's on his knees", was his initial reaction.

When tyre temperatures are low, silly mistakes are much easier than they look in F1, and Grosjean isn't the first driver in recent times to lose it under the safety vehicle.

"He went through and he knocked two out. Over the winter we've learned that a wet track is very slippery here, so we could have a chaotic race and maybe out of any chaos we can benefit".

"It's never a good place to be, in the middle, whatever you do - that's my point of view".

He added: "What I couldn't understand was why he kept his foot planted on the throttle for so long afterwards".

Hulkenberg said: "I got crashed into, Romain spun, came back into the track, I couldn't go anywhere, couldn't avoid him and he took the back end of my auto". Maybe they would have liked that better?

"I don't think there was much I could do".

Grosjean, who started 10th, told stewards he feared his momentum was going to take him to the center of the track so he applied power to try and cross over to the right side and get out of the way of others. His vehicle spun around. Yes, the consequences were unpleasant, but you only have a few milliseconds to decide - and that's what he decided.

"I feel sorry for them [Gasly and Hulkenberg] that they got taken out, but he wasn't trying an overtaking manoeuvre".

Another day and another round of defending his drivers; this time Guenther Steiner says Romain Grosjean is an easy target given that his reputation is "not the highest one" at the moment.

Grosjean's second successive retirement, and third of the season leaves him in 19th place in the drivers' standings, one of two drivers yet to score a point so far, the other being Sergey Sirotkin.



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