Haas F1’s French driver Romain Grosjean has had a torrid time in 2018, outclassed by his Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen and causing a major accident at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
The French driver lost control of his car on the opening lap of the race, spinning his wheels and crossing the circuit in front of the unfortunate Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly, taking both out of the race.
A spectator, track side at the circuit, caught the incident on their camera, posting it on social media.
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The video below shows the crash from all TV angles broadcasted.
Lance Stroll started very well but was nearly collected by Grosjean had it not been for cat like reactions.
The reason for the spin
Sky Sports pundit and ex F1 driver Anthony Davidson gave his analysis for the crash, pointing out that fellow Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen caused the loss of control prior to the spin by Grosjean, when he himself lost the back end of his Haas F1 car.
Penalty for Grosjean
Grosjean has since been handed a 3 position grid drop at Monaco for causing the first lap collision. Plus 3 penalty points.
Unfortunately the stats are not favourable for the Frenchman, with an astonishing 28% of all his Grand Prix starts ending in a crash or incident since the beginning of his Formula 1 career back in 2009. So far Haas are 6th in the constructors championship from the points accrued by Magnussen, Grosjean has yet to contribute a single point.