Romain Grosjean gets 20-second penalty for Button clash but Hungarian order unchanged

Lotus driver finished 21.5 seconds ahead of aggrieved Button

By James Galloway.   Last Updated: 28/07/13 6:11pm

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Romain Grosjean has been handed a 20-second time penalty for colliding with McLaren rival Jenson Button during the Hungarian GP - although the sanction doesn't change his sixth-place finishing position.

The Lotus driver had already been punished with a mid-race drive-through penalty after being adjudged to have committed an illegal overtaking move on Felipe Massa by passing the Brazilian with all four wheels over the white line on the edge of the circuit.

However, stewards had deferred the earlier incident with Button, when the two cars made contact at the turn six chicane, until after the race which raised the spectre of Grosjean dropping out of his sixth place.

After speaking to both parties a judgement was delivered several hours after the end of the race but while stewards duly found Grosjean to be at fault and handed him a 20-second time penalty in lieu of another drive-through, the fact he finished 21.5-seconds ahead of, ironically, seventh-place Button meant the result remained unchanged.

Button, along with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, expressed criticism of Grosjean's driving in wake of Sunday's 70-lap race with the latter expressing satisfaction that the in-race penalty had served to "compensate a little bit for his aggressiveness".

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