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Grosjean escapes penalty for post-qualifying floor test failure 27 Jul 2013

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1, who qualified third on the grid, in the post qualifying Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice, Hungaroring, Hungary. Friday, 26 July 2013

Romain Grosjean has escaped penalty, despite his Lotus car failing a post-qualifying front floor deflection test on Saturday.

The Frenchman, who will now retain his third-place grid slot, could potentially have been excluded from qualifying, but after a hearing with representatives from Lotus, the stewards accepted that the test failure was a result of damage to one of the floor stays caused by Grosjean running over the kerbs at Turn 11 in Q2.

A statement from the stewards said: "Based on the telemetry it was apparent that the car suffered an impact during Q2 resulting in a vertical acceleration ranging from -7.3g to +11.1g. Video evidence verified the car bottomed at Turn 11 consistent with the telemetry.

"It is considered reasonable that this impact caused a fracture in the floor stay of car #8.

"It was confirmed by physical examination that the floor stay on car #8 was identical to that on car #7 which was intact.

"'Lifing documents' (which show the history of each part) indicate the car #8 part had been fitted for in excess of 600kms including a full race.

"It is the conclusion of the stewards that the failure of this part was due to the impact in Q2 and subsequently caused the car to fail to meet the requirements of article 3.17.5.

"Accordingly this is deemed to be a case of accidental damage, not a case of non-compliance."

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