Webber: Grosjean is ‘borderline out of his depth’ in Formula 1

Ruben Hill
August 4, 2020

Romain Grosjean did well to hang on as long as he did but the Haas was no match for the McLaren of Carlos Sainz with DRS.

As Sainz pulled to the right to go past, Grosjean swerved to block him, with Sainz immediately complaining to his team.

Regarding Grosjean's defensive tactics, Webber believes the experienced Frenchman still doesn't understand "what Grand Prix is all about".

"He changed direction. risky driving".

"So I spoke with Daniel and he was like "Yes, it's a bit marginal, not too bad", Sainz was complaining a lot on the radio from what I heard, but he could pass... there was a vehicle width, and I've got to do my race".

When Ricciardo tried a similar move on the Wellington Straight, Grosjean again swerved as the Renault went to pass.

"I didn't go in there with guns blazing", Ricciardo said.

Making matters more complicated is the fact that Grosjean is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, which aims to improve safety in the sport.

Then, after Lando Norris had got past much easier at Stowe, it was Daniel Ricciardo criticising his "sketchy" driving after also taking avoiding action this time on the approach to Brooklands.

"I think a few years ago we really wanted to put a rule in place that you can't move under braking, following some of Max's defending, but there weren't any rules put in action", he said. He moves very late while defending, but says he leaves enough space on the track. He is saying he is leaving a car's width on the inside, which technically he is, but this weaving in the middle of the road at high speed... he has got to be even further across to show his intention earlier.

"I don't think he understands the rules of wheel-to-wheel racing".

Mark Webber with Daniel Ricciardo.

So they want to clarify the fact that we cannot move that late, which I agree with, but there were no real rules beforehand and Max Verstappen used it a lot during his racing, so I thought, why can I not take advantage of that? He's the chairman of the GPDA. He should know the rules, " said Webber, who is supported by colleague David Coulthard.

"I don't care", Grosjean said of the criticism.

Grosjean defended his hardest against Sainz and was handed a black-and-white flag from the stewards for risky driving as he was deemed to have moved under braking.

"The stewards are on to Romain".

Grosjean defended himself by stating he left a car's width on each occasion, only for former Red Bull driver Webber to pick apart his argument.

Grosjean received a black-and-white flag for the move on Sainz, and was under investigation for his defence against Ricciardo before being given an official warning after the race. Driving dangerously? Yes, but you can argue that I wasn't driving dangerously because I was always leaving a car's width, so there was always the room for the other vehicle to go next to me.

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