Lotus' Romain Grosjean handed a ten-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix

Controversial Frenchman blamed for Daniel Ricciardo clash

By Pete Gill.   Last Updated: 26/05/13 7:23pm

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Romain Grosjean has been handed a ten-place grid penalty for the Canadian GP after being found guilty of causing a collision with Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo during Sunday's race at Monte Carlo.

The clash, which occurred as the two cars exited the famous tunnel and approached the chicane, resulted in the Toro Rosso retiring from the race after being rammed at high speed from behind by the Lotus.

The Monte Carlo race stewards adjudged Grosjean to have been at fault, with the controversial Frenchman facing a hefty grid demotion in Montreal.

Last September, Grosjean became the first driver in a decade to suffer a full race suspension after being found guilty of triggering a first-lap pile up at the Belgian GP.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 immediately after the race, Ricciardo said he thought the move was a dangerous one.

"I could see he got a good run out of Turn 8, just out of the tunnel. I could he was close. From what I recall, I defended my line and the next thing I knew he was over the back of me," the Australian said.

"I don't know if there's anything I could have done differently but at the moment I see it as a misjudgement from him and obviously quite a costly one.

"It was quite dangerous. We're both okay but it could have ended worse than it did. But it was already bad enough."

Grosjean's Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen has, though, avoided a penalty after being accused of speeding behind the Safety Car with the stewards ruling that a reprimand was sufficient.

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