Grosjean handed one-race ban for starting collision

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Belgium, Circuit De Spa-Francorchampsbe

Lotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean has been handed a one-race ban following his severe collision at the start of the Belgian GP. The driver has been involved in seven first-lap crashes already this season, surely a metric to have been influential in the decision making of the stewards.

The 26-year old was additionally fined 50000 euro for a collision that could have ended extremely badly for Fernando Alonso as he flew over the Ferrari close to the Spaniard's helmet.

A statement from governing body the FIA said: "The stewards regard this incident as an extremely serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others.

"It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race.

"The stewards note the team conceded the action was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement. Neither the team nor the driver made any submission in mitigation of penalty."

This is likely to mean that Lotus F1 Team reserve driver, Belgian Jérôme D'Ambrosio is likely to race at Monza next weekend.