Insane first-lap crash causes chaos in Spanish GP

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

"I'm sorry for the others that were involved - there wasn't much I could do once the vehicle went".

"The stewards found that while it is speculation as to where the driver's vehicle would have ended up had he chosen other alternatives, it is certain that while crossing the track in front of the following pack of cars, which he chose to do, that a collision occurred".

The Barcelona stewards deemed Grosjean made the wrong decision to try and correct his spin on track and handed him the three-place grid demotion for the race in Monaco, which is live on Sky F1 from May 24-27.

"The driver explained to the stewards that he felt that his momentum was going to carry him to the centre of the track, and therefore made the decision to apply power in an attempt to cross to the right side of the track and get out of the way of the cars behind".

"Further, in reviewing the video, the stewards found that the auto was following the line on the left side of the track and was nearly fully off the track, when he made the decision to cross it".

Five rounds into the 21-race Formula One schedule, Haas F1 Team is sixth in the constructors' standings with 19 points, 21 points behind fifth-place McLaren and one point ahead of seventh-place Force India.

"That's kicking the guy in the face when he's on his knees", said the Haas boss.

When tyre temperatures are low, silly mistakes are much easier than they look in F1, and Grosjean isn't the first driver in recent times to lose it under the safety auto.

"Kevin had a bit of a wobble, and then the vehicle just went", explained the Frenchman. He was turned and he said 'I had a decision to make, do I stand still or do I go through?' He went through and he knocked two out. Indeed, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, victor last month in China, had a spin under the virtual safety vehicle in Barcelona. It's not that he tried to overtake, or brake late, or that he understeered into anybody.

"If he had stood still, we don't know, maybe he would have knocked five out". For me it's a start incident.

"The result was the auto drifting right back into the middle of a field of oncoming cars, creating a huge smokescreen for them at the same time, and on one of the fastest, most hard sections of track". Yes, the consequences were unpleasant, but you only have a few milliseconds to decide - and that's what he decided.

Another day and another round of defending his drivers; this time Guenther Steiner says Romain Grosjean is an easy target given that his reputation is "not the highest one" at the moment.

But while that only affected him, his Spanish antics also put two others drivers out of the grand prix.