Grosjean’s car fails post-qualifying inspection

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2013Romain Grosjean could lose his third place on the grid after his Lotus failed a post-qualifying inspection.

The floor of the E21 was found to move too much under when a load was applied to it.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement: “After the qualifying practice session an asymmetric [right-hand side] front floor deflection test was carried on car numbers one, eight and ten according to Article 3.17.5.”

“Car numbers one and ten were found in conformity with Article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.

“However car number eight did not comply with Article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations as the front floor deflected more than 5mm vertically when the load was applied vertically to it at the point which lies 100mm of car centre line on the [right-hand side].

“I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

Failing a technical inspection after qualifying normally leads to the driver in question being excluding from the results and having to start the race from the back of the grid.

Update: Grosjean escapes penalty for failing floor test

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39 comments on Grosjean’s car fails post-qualifying inspection

  1. Manished said on 27th July 2013, 17:57

    So kimi was actually running an old floor??

  2. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 27th July 2013, 17:58

    Are only the top three qualifiers subjected to these checks?

  3. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 27th July 2013, 18:00

    Either a 5 place grid penalty or goes to the back of the grid for Romain. There goes my prediction out of the window

  4. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 27th July 2013, 18:01

    To be fair They should check Kimi’s car also. Poor Grosjean, from alternator failures to this.

  5. Bosley (@bosley) said on 27th July 2013, 18:02

    Interesting to see that only the top 3 failed the scrutineering.
    Perhaps that was their edge over the competition.

    I joke of course, I doubt it made much difference at all.

    • Manished said on 27th July 2013, 18:04

      different fia officers were allocated to check it. This particular one checked on top 3 cars. hence he only mentioned car 1, 10 ,8

    • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 27th July 2013, 18:08

      “Interesting to see that only the top 3 failed the scrutineering.”

      Only GRO failed it

      “Car numbers one and ten were found in conformity with Article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.

  6. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 27th July 2013, 18:03

    *** Lotus always making these stupid little mistakes. what a let down. if vettel leads into the first corner its race over

  7. Lari (@lari) said on 27th July 2013, 18:05

    There goes the “Only Kimi gets new parts” -lines hopefully for good.

    • Manished said on 27th July 2013, 18:07

      thats bs.

      More often than not romain has got the new part first last year. Ted Kravitz had it covered last year in his notebook.

      In china gp, romain got new front wing first. In silverstone, romain got new bodywork first.

      • anon said on 27th July 2013, 18:48

        Kimi also had an upgraded car in Silverstone, but he was running a different upgrade package. Kimi has what Lotus term their “drag reduction device” (a passively activated rear wing stalling device) fitted to his car, with Grosjean used as a benchmark to see whether the DRD was more or less effective than the standard car.

  8. Tom (@newdecade) said on 27th July 2013, 18:09

    There seem to have been an unusually high number of exclusions from quali this year, is it true due to increased testing standards or am I just imagining it?

  9. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 27th July 2013, 18:10

    Well this is a serious matter because we all know from watching the practice sessions in the last 3 races Lotus has been sparking over the kerbs like mad, perhaps we should keep a closer eye on them from now on.

    • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 27th July 2013, 18:34

      In all likely hood this floor is a new version that pushed the envelope in terms of flexing. Kimi never failed his cars test.

      Alternatively, the floor could have:
      • Broken and thus flexed more than intended
      • Worn out and become more flexible over time.
      • Flexed more when warm. Maybe the top 3 check happens sooner than the normal test, catching Lotus out?

  10. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 27th July 2013, 18:15

    There’s nothing unfair or unlucky about this, cars have to comply within the technical regulations and if they fail to do so they should be excluded regardless of the amount of benefit (if any) gotten.

  11. cg22me (@cg22me) said on 27th July 2013, 18:27

    I fear it might be this sort of event that’ll kill Grosjean’s confidence again, after what seemed like a decent resurgence from the dude :(

  12. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 27th July 2013, 18:32

    Nooo, pleeeease, noo, I was soo glad that Alonso and Massa both secured a good position on the clean side of the grid! Now both would suffer big time from the dusty spots.

    No, I just said to myself following the checkered flag that just no penalties on the front. Here it comes.

    Raikkonen will be by in a blast.

    OK, Vettel is literally one step closer, but it may still be diadvantegous with the dirty side.

  13. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th July 2013, 18:33

    For his benefit I hope it was merely a damage-induced failure and that it simply requires that the component be replaced. Otherwise, seriously bad luck for Grosjean.

    • Manished said on 27th July 2013, 18:35

      Maybe thats the reason he was doing so well compared to his teammate that running old floor was fighting his car all weekend with a few rally stunts.

  14. Merv (@) said on 27th July 2013, 18:40

    BBC highlights just announced no penalty for Grosjean, they must have successfully argued accident (curb) damage.

  15. Rigi (@rigi) said on 27th July 2013, 18:46

    this is outrageous, he finally found some confidence and was doing so well… goddamnit!

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