Romain Grosjean fed up with 'NASCAR' style racing in Formula 1

Romain Grosjean wants the FIA to define the limits of what constitutes fair racing in Formula 1 after his first-corner clash with Nico Hulkenberg in the Hungarian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean fed up with 'NASCAR' style racing in Formula 1

Hulkenberg was not punished for the incident, but Max Verstappen received a 10-second penalty for taking out Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the next corner, and Grosjean's Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen was docked five seconds for forcing Hulkenberg wide later in the race.

Grosjean says that he will raise the subject of penalty consistency with FIA race director Charlie Whiting at the drivers' briefing at the next grand prix in Belgium, having already discussed it after Sebastian Vettel and Verstappen's British GP battle.

"It's come up before, and I went to see Charlie after that briefing, because there was some great racing between Vettel and Verstappen in the last race, but it was off track and coming back, so I said 'what can we do?'" Grosjean told Autosport.

"We want racing, but we don't want wheelbanging, we're not in NASCAR."

Grosjean was frustrated Hulkenberg did not get a penalty for their incident and with the fact that there is often more leeway with first-corner clashes.

"It was a big hit and I went pretty high in the air," he said.

"He had lots of space on the inside, but he locked things up.

"I don't see the difference between Nico and Verstappen, to be fair.

"Again, the stewards' consistency is a bit strange.

"It was Turn 1 - but Spa-Francorchamps in 2012 [when Grosjean earned a race ban for triggering a multi-car incident] was Turn 1, and we can't do whatever we want.

"Turn 1, lap two, lap 10, it's the same thing. You can't run over another car."

When it was put to Grosjean that the FIA's recent policy was to give drivers more freedom to race, he replied that Magnussen's battle with Hulkenberg was an example of firm but fair dicing.

"Magnussen raced!" said Grosjean.

"It's hard, and I do appreciate it's very hard.

"But with Kevin there wasn't even contact with Hulkenberg.

"Nico hit me. Kevin did not hit Nico, he just pushed him very, very wide."

Grosjean ultimately had to retire from the Hungarian race with a cross-threaded wheelnut after a pitstop, which he was sanguine about.

"We had a front left puncture and had to come in, and then the loose wheel stopped the car," he said.

"We're all human, and it happens. I'd rather have it here than when we're in a good position somewhere else.

"What we need to understand is why we started the weekend so far off, and how we can get better prepared and be on the pace straight away."

shares
comments
Hungarian GP driver ratings
Previous article

Hungarian GP driver ratings

Next article

Williams stand-in di Resta: Feet were killing me during F1 comeback

Williams stand-in di Resta: Feet were killing me during F1 comeback
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Plus

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Autosport in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022