Romain Grosjean has been hit with a 10-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time after causing an accident in today’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The Lotus driver was catching Daniel Ricciardo, but an over-zealous move on the exit of the tunnel saw him crash into the rear of the Toro Rosso. Ricciardo was forced to pull over onto the slip road and retire from the race, whilst Grosjean eventually returned to the pits and did not re-emerge.
The accident brought out the safety car for a third time during the race, and it was the Frenchman’s third incident of the weekend, causing many to question his ability, especially following his one-race ban last season.
Grosjean was called before the stewards after the race where it was decided that he would be relegated ten places on the grid from his qualifying position at next month’s Canadian Grand Prix. This incident will only give Grosjean’s critics ammunition with which to berate the former GP2 champion, but he will be hoping to bounce back from the incident as quickly as possible.
Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.
Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.
Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.
The practice was interrupted several times for incidents.
Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.
With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.
“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”
With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.
Dixon also had an off-road excursion.