Grosjean given Canada grid penalty for Ricciardo incident

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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.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.