• Hungarian Grand Prix

Grosjean hit with further penalty

ESPN Staff
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Romain Grosjean was penalised for two separate incidents in Hungary © Sutton Images
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Romain Grosjean has been hit by a 20-second time penalty but holds on to his sixth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

During the race, Grosjean clashed with Jenson Button at Turn 6 and then later passed Felipe Massa around the outside of Turn 4 but earned a drive-through penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. The former incident was investigated after the race and the stewards decided that Grosjean was at fault for causing a collision, resulting in a retrospective drive-through penalty which was added to his final race time.

Fortunately for Grosjean he finished 21.5s ahead of Button in seventh place and so retains his sixth place in the race.

Speaking about both incidents, Grosjean said he accepted he was at fault for the collision with Button but didn't agree with the penalty for his move on Massa.

"For sure this is one that got away, but I'm very happy with my race and I honestly don't think I could have done much more," he said. "Maybe the strategy didn't quite work how we wanted, but the car felt really good and it was the traffic that cost us. Without this maybe there would never have been a drive-through penalty which for sure didn't help. I haven't seen the footage yet and I thought it was a good move, but unfortunately the stewards took a different view.

"I've no problem with the time-added for the incident with Jenson and I apologised to him afterwards. This could have been the one for me, but we will just have to wait a little bit longer and keep improving like we have been recently to make it happen."

Massa himself agreed that Grosjean was harshly treated for the overtake, saying he didn't see anything wrong and had no complaints.