Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button left unimpressed with Romain Grosjean's driving
Lotus driver's wheel-to-wheel conduct in Hungarian GP irks rivals
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 28/07/13 5:59pm
Alonso struggles with pace
Romain Grosjean has come under renewed criticism from his fellow drivers after both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button expressed unhappiness with the Frenchman's driving in the Hungarian GP.
Despite displaying impressive pace throughout the Hungaroring weekend, Grosjean was put under investigation by race stewards for two separate incidents during the course of the 70-lap race with the first relating to a tangle with McLaren's Button.
However, speaking to Sky Sports F1's after finishing just ahead of the Lotus driver on the road in fifth place, Ferrari's Alonso also expressed his unhappiness with an additional incident at the start when he unsuccessfully attempted to pass his former Renault team-mate around the outside of turn two.
Alonso suggested Grosjean's later drive-through penalty for an illegal overtaking move on Felipe Massa was 'compensation' for having been let off at the start.
"We thought that the start was the only opportunity because we were not quick enough. We did not maximise the good start we did," Alonso said.
"Grosjean was concentrating on only me, maybe he forgot that we are racing 24 [sic. 22] cars. I was happy that he paid penalty after to compensate a little bit for his aggressiveness."
Points boost for McLaren
Grosjean repeatedly provoked anger among his fellow drivers last season amid a spate of first-lap accidents and was famously dubbed a "first-lap nutcase" by Red Bull's Mark Webber.
Button was left similarly unimpressed by Grosjean after the Frenchman had made contact with him when the Lotus moved across too soon on him in an overtaking move on the narrow entry to the turn-six chicane.
Late on Sunday night, the Budapest stewards announced that, although they had imposed a twenty-second time penalty on Grosjean, the Frenchman will keep sixth place as he crossed the line 21.5 seconds ahead of Button.
"I seemed to be a target for a lot of the race! I know I'm slower but I seem to be a target with Sebastian [Vettel] and also with Grosjean," Button recalled to Sky F1 before the stewards' decision had been published.
"I'm going to see the stewards about it [the Grosjean incident] but I think it's pretty straightforward - I couldn't go anymore left. That's it really. Unless I'm on the grass, which is obviously not where I want to be when I'm braking for a corner, he had no way of not hitting me. He obviously didn't realise how narrow the circuit was at that corner."