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Lotus reprimanded for Grosjean pit stop
Sunday 22nd September 2013, 22:39 by TF1T Staff
© LAT Photographic, Lotus F1 Team
The race stewards have reprimanded the Lotus team for allowing a team member to work on Romain Grosjean's car without wearing the necessary safety equipment.
Under new regulations introduced after an FOM cameraman was struck by a tyre, everyone working in the pits must wear a helmet.
However during Grosjean's unscheduled stop for an air consumption issue, a Renault Sport engineer worked on his car for some 30-seconds without head protection.
The reliability woe cost Grosjean a podium after he was forced to retire, as explained by Remi Taffin.
"Despite Romain having a brand new engine for this race, the air consumption over the first part of the race was very high. We asked the team to pit to top up the air in the pneumatic system but the fix was only temporary and we had to retire the car the next lap."
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