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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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