Grosjean faced the threat of being demoted from third on the grid to the back of the field. But following an investigation the stewards decided to take no action.
The stewards were told the car failed to load test because the floor had been damaged on a kerb during the qualifying session and deemed it “a case of accidental damage, not a case of non-compliance”.
The stewards’ findings were as follows:
“Based on the telemetry it was apparent that the car suffered an impact during Q2 resulting in a vertical acceleration ranging from -7.3g to +11.1g. Video evidence verified the car bottomed at turn 11 consistent with the telemetry.
“It is considered reasonable that this impact caused a fracture in the floor stay of car eight. It was confirmed by physical examination that the floor stay on car eight was identical to that on car seven which was intact. Lifing documents (which show the history of each part) indicate the car eight part had been fitted for in excess of 600 km including a full race.
“It is the conclusion of the stewards that the failure of this part was due to the impact in Q2 and subsequently caused the car to fail to meet the requirements of Article 3.17.5. Accordingly this is deemed to be a case of accidental damage, not a case of non-compliance.”
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