Romain Grosjean has been docked three places on the starting grid following his Q1 block of McLaren driver Lando Norris in Bahrain qualifying.
Grosjean would be found idling on the racing line into the final corner of the Bahrain International Circuit as Lando Norris looked to complete a fast lap in Q1, forcing the McLaren man to effectively destroy his run and almost causing a collision between the two cars.
Although Norris would go on to set a time good enough to put him into Q2 later in the session, the block would still be seen as severe enough for the stewards to hand out a post qualifying penalty to the Haas driver - demoting Grosjean three places on the grid from his original P8 Q3 result.
“The speed differential was 136 km/h at the point where car 4 [Norris] had to take avoiding action,” read the stewards’ report.
“The Stewards accept that the driver of car 8 [Grosjean] did not intentionally intend to impede, however it is the driver’s responsibility to be aware, when travelling abnormally slowly, that faster cars may be approaching.”
The grid drop penalty moves Grosjean to P11 for the race tomorrow, promoting Kimi Räikkönen to eighth, Norris to ninth and Daniel Ricciardo into tenth place.
Additionally, Grosjean has been awarded one penalty point on his racing licence, bringing the tally amassed by the Frenchman over a 12 month period to eight, four shy of an automatic one-race ban.
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