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GP Week : Issue 166
With Romain Grosjean side-lined for the Italian Grand Prix for his part in causing the dramatic Turn 1 collision in Spa, drivers have been warned that the Frenchman has not been singled out unfairly. Efforts to improve driver safety become largely irrelevant if driving standards slip and dangerous track behaviour is allowed to continue unpunished. The current generation of F1 drivers have come of age in an era of unparalleled safety standards, and there are concerns that their perceived invincibility will lead to a fatal accident, the likes of which F1 has not seen since that dark Imola weekend in 1994. Former F1 racer and sometime FIA steward Derek War wick this week said that no driver was above disqualification for dangerous driving. “I think that all drivers have to realise that they are not beyond being disqualified for one, two, three or four races,” War wick told Autosport. “If something happens that is considered dangerous then I think that the stewards should act like they did at Spa, where they got it absolutely spot on. “Romain is a great driver; a fast driver; and a good race driver when he is clear of the first lap. But we've had 12 races now and I believe he has had seven incidents within the first lap. [The ban] was right. If I just look at Spa on its own, I think it deserved the penalty it got and if you take everything else into consideration it deserved the penalty it got. “Let's hope other people learn what can happen to them. I think that all of these drivers, and I don't care who they are – Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel – they are not beyond getting stopped for one or two races.” War wick last served as an FIA steward two months ago, during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim that saw Red Bull called to the stewards to explain irregularities in their engine map settings highlighted by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer. Prior to that, his last outing as a steward was at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. DRIVERS WARNED: NEXT BAN COULD BE YOU! as_gpweek_superior.indd 1 9/7/12 1:58 PM as_gpweek_superior.indd 1 9/7/12 1:58 PM 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: