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GP Week : Issue 182
Romain Grosjean: Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean’s race ended on lap five after a right rear suspension arm mysteriously broke. No apparent contact was made despite initial reports suggesting an altercation with Jean-Eric Vergne. Grosjean was simple and to the point after the race on Twitter, saying: “No contact, something wrong with the rear right suspension. We'll investigate after the race. Big shame.” Jean-Eric Vergne: Toro Rosso After contact with Nico Hulkenberg in the pit lane and the dramatic delamination of his right rear tyre, Vergne soldiered on with consistent lap times, but eventually was asked by the team to retire his car after telemetry showed more signs of damage. “Jev's race was ruined by the contact in pit lane with Hulkenberg's Sauber,” explained Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost. “He had to return to the pits on lap 38 when it was clear he had a damaged tyre and then in the closing stages, we could see from the data that the damage to the rear of the car was getting worse and we called him in to retire in the pits.” Giedo Van der Garde: Caterham. Giedo Van der Garde was looking for ward to a good weekend after out-qualifying the Marussias and his more fancied teammate. After a good start and a short battle with Jenson Button, van der Garde pitted on lap 20, but reported on the radio that his right rear wheel did not feel right – the wheel in question parted company with his chassis at Turn 10. The Dutch racer tried to bring the car back to the pits, but his wheel went flying and the team were fined €10,000. The official statement read: “the team instructed the driver to drive the car back to the pits even though they were aware of the wheel not being attached correctly.” Down and out in Barcelona F1 >>> BARCELONA 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: