Webber fumes at “first-lap nutcase” Grosjean

2012 Japanese Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Suzuka, 2012An unhappy Mark Webber hit out at Romain Grosjean following their clash on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix.

“I haven’t obviously seen what happened at the start but the guys confirmed that it was first-lap nutcase again, Grosjean,” said Webber after the race.

“And, yeah, the rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend but he’s trying to get to the first corner as fast as he can at every race.”

Webber said the crash was “immensely frustrating” and referred to Grosjean’s ban for causing a crash at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix, saying: “maybe he needs another holiday”.

“He needs to have a look at himself, obviously, it was completely his fault,” Webber continued. “You know, how many mistakes can you make? How may times can you make the same error? First-lap incidents, it’s quite embarrassing at this level for him.”

Grosjean said he had been trying to avoid a collision in the first corner: “Well, yes, after the ban I’m very careful at the start. I kept my line and trying to avoid any contact with Perez which was on the left. I was focussing on that and didn’t see the delta speed with Mark.”

Grosjean added he was “just trying to avoid any contact, that was my main objective and yeah, it didn’t work. It was a stupid crash.”

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89 comments on Webber fumes at “first-lap nutcase” Grosjean

  1. Babar Ali said on 8th October 2012, 11:22

    I wonder if Lotus use their cars as weapon…..Kimi kick Alonso out and this first corner NERVOUS made another great driver into a spin and nearly kick him out. I am surprised why FIA didn’t take any action against Kimi. Why not a drive way through penalty for Kmi as well. As far as Grosjean is concerned, I suppose he should be demoted and sent back to GP2 where he actually belongs.

  2. Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 9th October 2012, 0:27

    That incident cost MW and RG quite a lot of points. You’d think that RG would flash on the fact that all of these first lap incidents are costing HIM a lot of points, and he’d be way higher up the point table if he actually finished these deals without any wing changes. Having said that, I thought MW slowed significantly more than the others through the 2nd corner. Ultimately, RG is at fault, but when I saw the race and further replays, it appeared to me that MW really backed up on corner entry. But, even if MW went through the corner slower than what RG and others were expecting, it doesn’t change the fact that the common denominator in these incidents is RG. You’d think he’d figure this out already, but somebody ought to tell him that races are never won at the first corner, but are frequently lost there.

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