TOUGH START: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has a 20-place grid penalty for the 2014 Abu Dhabi F1 GP on Sunday Nov 23. Image: AFP / Patrik Stollarz
ABU DHABI, UAE - Lotus Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean could consider himself lucky that only the points will be doubled in this weekend's 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after collecting a 20-place grid penalty on Friday (Nov 21).
The Frenchman was handed the sanction for exceeding his allocation of power unit components for the season.
With only 20 cars taking part in Saturday's qualifying for the season-ending race Grosjean is sure to start at the back of the field at Yas Marina but that will not be the end of the matter.
Race stewards said any remaining positions beyond that would be replaced with time, drive-through or stop/go penalties, depending on where he qualifies.
So, if Grosjean were to qualify 15th, he would drop five places but also have to serve a drive-through penalty. Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 Abu Dhabi GP finale this weekend.