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Sainz, Grosjean handed grid penalties for German GP

Sainz, Grosjean handed grid penalties for German GP

Sainz, Grosjean handed grid penalties for German GP

Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean will both take grid drops for Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Sainz has been handed a three-place grid penalty for unfairly impeded Williams’ Felipe Massa during German GP qualifying.

The Brazilian had to take elusive action on the way to Turn 2 at Hockenheim to avoid Sainz’s Toro Rosso.

After an investigation, the stewards deemed Sainz breached article 31.6 of Formula 1’s sporting regulations – impeding another car.

Speaking before the decision, Sainz said: “I finished my qualifying lap and was doing my switches for the in lap.

“And as soon as I heard, ‘careful, Felipe Massa is coming’, he was already behind me into Turn 2 and I went onto the grass just to try and avoid any kind of impeding.

“I understand he got impeded so I apologise but thank god it didn’t affect his qualifying much.

“I just got a very late call from the pitwall on it. There was nothing I could do differently.”

Romain Grosjean is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s German Grand Prix after a gearbox change on Saturday morning.

The Frenchman, who had booked 15th, will drop five places.

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