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GP Week : Issue 170
29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SUZUKA Romain Grosjean has been heavily criticised for causing yet another incident, on the opening lap of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, with Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber – who was tapped into a spin by the Franco- Swiss driver – describing him as “the first-lap nutcase”. Grosjean has been involved in several opening-lap incidents this season and was recently slapped with a one-race ban for the Italian Grand Prix, for instigating a terrifying pile-up away from the start at Spa. Red Bull’s Webber was most vocal about the Lotus driver’s lack of spatial awareness after the race, branding him as “the first-lap nutcase” and suggesting he might need to be hit with another ban. “I haven’t seen what happened at the start but the guys have confirmed it was the first-lap nutcase again – Grosjean,” Webber told Sky Sports F1. “It’s frustrating because a few big guys probably suffered from that. Maybe he needs another holiday” Grosjean insists he has been working hard to alleviate any further mistakes away from the start-line, saying: “Ever since I came back in Singapore my priority has been to be very cautious at the start, and I was watching Sergio [Perez] on my left to make sure there was no contact with him. “There was quite a big speed difference between me and Mark [Webber] as I came into the first corner, which caught me by surprise and we collided.” He added: “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. “Not a good day, but we have to look ahead to Korea and a chance to make amends.” GROSJEAN: “THE FIRST-LAP NUTCASE”