Grosjean, Palmer hit with grid penalties for Chinese GP

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Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer will drop to the back of the grid for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix after failing to slow for yellow flags during Formula 1 qualifying in Shanghai.

Grosjean and Palmer qualified 17th and 18th respectively on Saturday, with both drivers failing to make it out of Q1 after their final laps were hampered by yellow flags shown following a crash for Antonio Giovinazzi at the final corner.

Both drivers completed their laps, much to the disapproval of the stewards, who felt that the drivers did not make a sufficient enough attempt to slow.

“The stewards heard from Romain Grosjean, the driver of car 8 and the team representative and have reviewed the video evidence which clearly showed that the driver attempted to set a meaningful lap time after passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector, contrary to the requirements set out in the Race Director’s Event Notes,” the stewards’ report for Grosjean reads.

“The Stewards also took into consideration that the driver made no attempt to significantly reduce his speed in the area of a double waved yellow flag.”

As a result, both Grosjean and Palmer have been handed a five-place grid penalty, causing them to drop to the final row of the grid. Grosjean will start 19th, with Palmer propping up the order in P20.

Grosjean was far from impressed by the penalty, taking to Twitter to share the data of his lap to prove that he slowed down.

The penalties lift Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon off the back row of the grid, moving up to P17 and P18 respectively.

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 1am ET on Sunday.