No further action after Grosjean/de la Rosa clash
24 November 2012 – The Brazilian Grand Prix stewards have decided to punish neither Romain Grosjean nor Pedro de la Rosa for their incident in the closing stages of Q1 qualifying.
The Lotus damaged its front wing as the HRT moved over to take the best line while shooting past the pit entry at Interlagos; the wing then flew off Grosjean’s car at Junçao corner on the next lap.
While the annoyed Frenchman suffered his first Q1 elimination of the year, the Spaniard ended up at the back of the grid with a puncture and broken DRS.
'The driver of car 22 (de la Rosa) felt that he was following his normal line, was aware that car 10 (Grosjean) was behind him and was aware of the speed delta,' reads the stewards' report. 'The driver of car 10 believed he had been seen by the driver of car 22 and that car 22 was moving aside to the right to allow him through.
Accordingly the Stewards consider this a driving incident due to the nature of the track but have advised the drivers, and the drivers agree, that this could have resulted in a very serious outcome.'
The driver representative steward for this title-deciding weekend is Tom Kristensen of Denmark, who is the winningest driver of the historic Le Mans 24 Hour race.