Webber slams 'first-lap nutcase' Grosjean

© Ubaid Parkar, 7 October 2012
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Mark Webber was the latest victim of Romain Grosjean’s antics at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday after the Frenchman compromised not only his own but other drivers’ race.

The Lotus clobbered into the Australian spinning his car in the opening corner at Suzuka causing a mess and leaving the 36-year-old fuming as it further dented his hopes in the championship.

"I haven't seen what happened at the start but the guys confirmed it was the first-lap nutcase again," Webber told Sky television. "The rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend but he's trying to get to the third corner as fast as he can at every race.

"It makes it frustrating because a few big guys obviously suffered from that today. Maybe he needs another holiday," he pointed out referring to Grosjean’s ban earlier this season.

"He needs to have a look at himself. It was completely his fault. How many mistakes can you make, how many times can you make the same error with first lap incidents? It's quite embarrassing at this level for him," he added.

Webber started second but was content finishing eighth considering he was “reversing away from the fence” on the opening lap.

"We were on a one-stop strategy which is not exactly stimulating around here. We got something from it, I kept pushing, I didn't give up,” he said. “We ticked all of the worst boxes again and maybe I need to have a few whiskeys and get some luck that way.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who reckoned the crash cost Webber a podium, too was concerned about the number of times Grosjean was involved in first lap incidents.

"It just looked like Grosjean completely misjudged where Mark was," Horner said. "I think it's the seventh incident that he's had this year and I think he needs to really talk to himself or his team need to talk to him because ... not only is it dangerous for others but he's cost himself and his team a colossal amount of points together with the innocent victims that he's collected en route."

A dejected Grosjean, who was handed a stop-and-go penalty during the race, admitted that the incident was a "stupid mistake".

 

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