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Webber accepts Grosjean apology

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean both said the matter was closed in the driver press conference © Sutton Images

Mark Webber says he has accepted Romain Grosjean's apology for the first corner crash in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Grosjean ran in to the side of Webber at Suzuka while watching Sergio Perez to his left, leading Webber to brand him a "first-lap nutcase". With both drivers present in the driver press conference on Thursday, Grosjean was asked if he was happy that the air had been cleared following the incident.

"Yes, Mark came to see me and I completely understand that he was unhappy," Grosjean said. "All I could do was apologise; I'm clearly conscious of the risk at the start and I'm working to change quite a lot of things but that doesn't come from one day to another one, there is a process going on. I said I was very sorry, I'm not stupid and I'm conscious of the risks. Hopefully now it will be a different story and I will not make the same mistake of focusing on the wrong target."

Webber agreed that the case was closed as far as he was concerned.

"Yeah, absolutely. I went to see Romain and we had a discussion about it and that was it."

With the crash in Japan being Grosjean's seventh first-lap incident this season, Bernie Ecclestone believes there could be a problem with his peripheral vision.

"Lotus should take him away and get all the tests done," Ecclestone told The Times. "It seems to me that he is a very fast driver but seems to have trouble in seeing what is around him. A lot of what has happened to him this season has involved not being able to react to things happening in his peripheral vision. That could be the problem. If it was up to me, I would have him stand down for a grand prix, send him for every test and be sure that his eyesight was OK."