Tuesday, 4 September 2012 by

d'Ambrosio replaces Grosjean for Monza


Reaction and fallout after the crash at Spa continues. Grosjean hit Hamilton and collected between them Alonso, Perez and Kobayashi. Grosjean has been given a one race ban and will miss Monza, reports Sky Sports.

Alonso believes that that penalties should be applied more strictly in the junior formulas so that drivers learn to respect one another reports Planet F1 whilst Stefano Domenicali believes the rules for lower formulas need to be clearer reports Sky Sports. Grosjean has apologised for the incident reports Planet F1.

The penalty is extremely uncommon, last handed out in 1994. Incredibly that season Irvine received a 3 race ban, Schumacher a 2 race ban and Hakkinen a 1 race ban. The penalty is severe but many speculate that Grosjean's other incidents contributed to the decision. He collided with Maldonado at Australia, Schumacher at Malaysia, Perez in Spain, Schumacher in Monoco, di Resta in Britain and Senna in Germany.

Many drivers were mooted for Grosjean's seat at Monza, including Jaime Alguersuari and Adrian Sutil though Barrichello says he is ready to race reports One Stop Strategy. Lotus reserve driver Jerome d'Ambrosio who raced with Virgin in 2011 has been chosen reports ESPN.

Many people have felt the FIA have not been hard enough on drivers breaking the rules this season with Maldonado arguably getting off lightly on many occasions. If the FIA are taking a harder stance from now on this is definitely welcome. Accidents will happen in F1 and racing should not be discouraged unless it is the same drivers continually taking out fellow racers then action should be firm. There are hopeful signs. Maldonado picked up an incredible 3 penalties in Belgium, serving a 3 place grid drop and carrying over two 5 place grid drops, meaning a 10 place deduction from his starting position at Monza reports Sky Sports.

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