Austin was not kind to Romain Grosjean. The Haas driver picked up a penalty point for his collision with Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, meaning he is now just two shy of triggering an automatic one-race ban. No wonder the Frenchman is concerned heading into this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix…
Should Grosjean accrue two points in Mexico, it would lead to his second career race ban, having incurred one following his spate of incidents that culminated in a big first-lap crash at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.
The Haas driver admitted the Austin incident was his mistake, but was disappointed to receive the penalty points and a three-place grid drop for Sunday’s race in Mexico City, particularly as he was trying to be careful. “You could have seen it as a lap one race incident,” he told reporters at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
“Yes, I made a mistake. Because I didn’t want to take risks, I didn’t brake hard enough, I didn’t slow down and find dirty air. It’s lap one of the race, things happen.”
One point will expire after the Mexican Grand Prix, while another two will disappear after Brazil. But for Mexico, he must keep his nose clean from the start of practice tomorrow, where he could pick up additional points for infringements such as failing to slow down sufficiently under red-flag conditions, like Sebastian Vettel in FP1 in Austin.