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Grosjean handed Canada grid penalty for Ricciardo clash 26 May 2013

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21 with broken front wing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Lotus's Romain Grosjean crashes into the back of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso as the pair exit  the tunnel on Lap 63, bringing out the safety car once more

Lotus’s Romain Grosjean has been given a 10-place grid penalty to be served at the next round in Canada after stewards deemed him to blame in his clash with Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo in Sunday’s race in Monaco.

Grosjean ran into the back of Ricciardo's car on the approach to the chicane on lap 62 while the duo battled over 13th place. Ricciardo retired immediately with damage, whilst his French rival limped on for a lap before retiring his Lotus.

“Daniel seemed to be really struggling with his rear tyres and they looked to have a lot of graining," said Grosjean. "I’d been following him for almost all of the 61 laps but I was caught out by him braking early in the middle of the circuit and there was nowhere for me to go.

"It’s a frustrating end to the weekend, but the real damage was done in qualifying when I didn’t get through to Q3. That was Daniel again who I was held up by, but it certainly wasn’t my intention to end my race in the back of his car!"

Grosjean's team mate Kimi Raikkonen was also called before the stewards after he exceeded the prescribed maximum speed during a safety-car period. The Finn received a reprimand, meaning that he keeps the single point he earned for finishing tenth.

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