Romain Grosjean has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix as a result of causing a three-car accident at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Grosjean, who was running eighth behind Kevin Magnussen exiting Turn 2, was forced a little wide at Turn 3 as his teammate had a little slide in the middle of the corner. The loss of downforce from the car in front saw Grosjean lose control and spin, with the Frenchman attempting to accelerate out of the way of the following pack but creating a large amount of tire smoke that unsighted drivers.
Spinning backwards toward the inside of the circuit, Grosjean collected both Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly, and after investigating the incident the stewards handed out a three-place grid penalty for Monaco as well as two penalty points.
“The driver stated to the Stewards that he made the decision to cross the track, trying to avoid the other cars and that he felt this was his best option,” the decision read. “The Stewards found that while it is speculation as to where the driver’s car would have ended up had he chosen other alternatives, it is certain that while crossing the track in front of the following pack of cars, which he chose to do, that a collision occurred.
“Further, in reviewing the video, the Stewards found that the car was following the line on the left side of the track and was almost fully off the track, when he made the decision to cross it.”
The penalty is significant due to the importance of a driver’s starting position in Monaco, while the two penalty points take Grosjean up to a total of five at present over the past 12 months. If a driver reaches 12 penalty points in that period, he will receive an automatic one-race ban.