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GP Week : Issue 224
Not for the first time this season, Lotus’ grand prix was over soon after it begun -–and again it wasn't thier fault. According to Romain Grosjean, as the field ploughed into turn three, the first braking zone of the lap, an over- zealous Daniel Ricciardo triggered the chain-reaction. “Daniel must have thought his brakes and tyres would be able to slow him better than they did,” Grosjean explained. According to the Frenchman, the Red Bull was the catalyst that saw three cars eliminated on the opening lap with Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button all victims. Fernando Alonso, who was also involved in the scrap, was able to carry on. The Spaniard had a slightly different view. “We had some problems right from the first corner with the two Lotuses that were fighting among themselves in a very aggressive way,” he recalled. “That caused the two McLarens to also make contact but I was more fortunate than Jenson because he had to retire on the spot while I could carry on.” Trying to avoid the crashing Lotus’ ahead, Alonso locked his rear brakes, spearing him into the side of teammate Jenson Button. “My car jumped quite high and when I landed all systems shut down,” Button said. “The impact turned the engine off, so I had to stop. I was alongside Fernando and didn’t realise he wasn’t spinning but, anyway, there was no way I could have done anything else.” Alonso managed to escape with just a broken wing, which the team replaced at the end of the lap. With the safety car out to clear the debris the Alonso was able to catch back up to the back of the pack despite a slow stop, and with high attrition went on to claim his first point of the season. 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRITAIN PARTNERS: Cardinal Sin