Grosjean apologised to Webber personally
8 October 2012 – Romain Grosjean was labelled ‘nutcase’ by Mark Webber after the Lotus driver turned the Red Bull into a spin at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix. The incident, which left Webber on the infield, resulted in both a stop/go penalty for the Frenchman and a post-race discussion between the two drivers in which Grosjean apologised.
After causing the multiple collision at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix, Grosjean received the first driver ban since 1994 and had been keen to avoid such moments.
“Ever since I came back in Singapore, my priority has been to be very cautious at the start and I was watching Sergio (Pérez) on my left to make sure there was no contact with him,” explained Grosjean, who was evidently tearful after the race.
“There was quite a big speed difference between me and Mark as I came into the first corner, which caught me by surprise, and we collided. It was a stupid mistake. Mark came to see me after the race and was obviously not happy, but I apologised and we have to move on. We’ll sit down and look at things again before the next race to see what we can do to improve these situations.”
Grosjean, already behind Nico Rosberg in the championship, has slipped down to eighth overall and now has podium finisher Felipe Massa 13 points in arrears.