Webber slams 'nutcase' Grosjean

2012-10-08 08:45

SUZUKA, Japan - Red Bull's Mark Webber has branded Romain Grosjean a "first-lap nutcase" and said his driving was "embarrassing" after the Lotus driver shunted him off the track during the 2012 Japanese GP.

Grosjean drove into Webber, who started second on the grid, just seconds into the race and spun his Red Bull car, costing him the chance of a podium finish.

Webber had to scramble to rejoin the race and then make a pit stop for repairs. He returned to the track and finished ninth. Grosjean, who was slapped with a one-race ban for a first-corner crash in Belgium, was given a 10-second stop/go penalty in the pits.


Webber suggested the Lotus driver might need another "holiday" or ban. "I haven't seen what happened at the start but the guys confirmed that it was the first-lap nutcase again - Grosjean.

"The rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend but he is trying to get to the third corner as fast as he can at every race. It makes it frustrating because a few big guys probably suffered from that and maybe he needs another holiday.

"He needs to have a look at himself. It was completely his fault. How many mistakes can you make? How many times can you make the same error? First-lap incidents, yeah it's quite embarrassing at this level for him."


Red Bull team chief Christian Horner said Lotus might have to consider how to deal with the Grosjean's recurring problems at the first corner. "I think the most concerning thing is when it is repeat incidents. If you make mistakes, that's fine, but the key thing is to learn from them. He's hosing away points for his team, they are fighting in the Constructors' championship and I would be surprised if they were too impressed by that.

"Seven incidents in 2012 is more than enough. Mark was a victim of the action today and that cost him at least a podium."

Grosjean admitted the incident was a "stupid crash". "I was trying to avoid making any contact, but it didn't work. "We ticked all of the worst boxes again - and maybe I need to have a few whiskies to get some luck that way!"


  • peter.tony.14 - 2012-10-08 18:41

    Mr. Webber, lest we forget the fact that you flipped a Merc Le Mans car twice at the same spot and then went onto flip an F1 car after rear ending another one.....

      faisel.hoosen - 2012-10-08 20:18

      the same rule should have been applied to raikkonen

  • janet.hornsey.5 - 2012-10-08 21:13

    Sounds like Ayrton Senna all over again. Same car

  • cobus.fenwick - 2012-10-09 19:25

    Taking someone out of the race should be penelized more harsh, and the the reason why it happenned should be penelized by its own. Taking someone out with a car failure should be lean and the other very harsh for that would diccipline the drivers to know that the race is never one at the first turn/corner but most races are lost there, mostly for the innocent. What Grosjean is doing conseccutively is not expected and not accepted at F1 level. It can,will or could happen to any driver, but the way he is handling it is more than 3 levels down. He should be put back in GP2 or given a handshake. The moral of the story is that he is not only ruining his own race, and waisting money, he is deliberating taking points away from the other drivers, no matter how he gets penelized. All of a sudden is Vettel 4 points behind Alonso and the latter had no chance of defending his lead(in two races with others taking him out). Things like this happens in racing, as we can see, BUT then it is not neccessarily the best driver that becomes WC but the luckiest driver.

      adam.wood.146 - 2012-10-10 09:31


  • dan.khambule - 2012-10-10 12:26

    Start any driver causing grid incident from the pit lane for the next 3 races, if a 2nd incident happens during the same calender year they start the balance of the races from the pit lane.

  • dan.khambule - 2012-10-10 12:30

    Start from the pit lane for the next 3 races, if a 2nd incident happens in the same calender year start balance of the races from the pit lane for the year. the driver will not be able to setup his car or take part during qualifying. he must setup his car during free practice.

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