Webber angry and Grosjean tearful in Japan
7 October 2012 – Mark Webber was left highly dissatisfied after being spun around by Romain Grosjean at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix. From second on the grid, the Red Bull ended up on the infield following contact at Turn 2.
“First-lap nutcase Grosjean again, the guys confirmed,” Webber began. “He's trying to get into the third corner as fast as he can at every race. Frustrating. Maybe he needs another holiday. It was completely his fault but, yeah, how many times can you make the same error with first-lap incidents? Quite embarrassing.”
Grosjean was handed a stop/go penalty, which is the harshest punishment stewards can give before complete disqualification from the race. The Frenchman has only been back racing for two events since the one-race ban which was handed out after he caused a multiple collision at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I was very careful and kept my line, focussing on the Sauber on the left, then I had an incident with Mark,” the upset Lotus driver said. “It was nothing special…I was just trying to avoid contact and it didn’t work, so it was a stupid crash. I haven’t had a chance to speak with the team yet.”
Webber fought back up to ninth position and thus scored two points.