Button: Grosjean must sort it out


Jenson Button reckons Romain Grosjean needs to “sort his s**t out” after yet another first lap incident at the Japanese GP…

Jenson Button reckons Romain Grosjean needs to “sort his s**t out” after yet another first lap incident at the Japanese GP.

The Lotus driver, who was handed a one-race ban earlier in the season after causing first corner carnage at Spa, was at it again at Suzuka on Sunday.

This time it was Mark Webber who was the unlucky victim as Grosjean ran into the unsuspecting Webber. Webber needed repairs and Grosjean was slapped with a ten-second stop-go penalty.

The punishments, though, don’t seem to have an impact on the 26-year-old, who has now been involved in eight first lap incidents.

“Unbelievable isn’t it?” Button told the Guardian.

“Is it for Formula One to do something about it? Or should he just take a good look at himself and sort his shit out, because that what he needs to do.

“He’s quick, he’s very talented in terms of speed and results. But you can’t do that.

“We saw it a lot in GP2 with him. He’d either win or crash and it seems he has the same philosophy and he needs to change his views.”

As to be expected Webber wasn’t watching his words in the aftermath, calling Grosjean a “first-lap nutcase.”

He added: “It makes it frustrating because a few big guys probably suffered from that and maybe he needs another holiday. Maybe we have two separate starts, one for him and one for us.”

But while that isn’t a realistic solution, Webber’s team boss says one needs to be found as while Grosjean “obviously” has speed, he’s not only cost his Lotus team dearly but he’s also ruining other people’s Championships.

“Hopefully he will have a good look in the mirror after this incident – or his team need to get him more under control,” Christian Horner told Autosport.

“He [Grosjean] is capable of doing it, as he is obviously a quick driver, but so many incidents is unacceptable at this level.

“He needs to really talk to himself, or the team needs to talk to him, because not only is it dangerous for others, but he has cost himself and his team a colossal amount of points – together with the innocent victims that he has collected en route.”

He added: “I think that it was just a complete misjudgement [by Grosjean].

“The most important thing when you make a mistake is to learn from it, and I think the most disappointing thing is that it is a repeat incident and proved extremely costly for Mark, as it did for [Lewis] Hamilton and [Fernando] Alonso at Spa, and numerous other victims earlier in the year.

“I think the most worrying thing is he doesn’t appear to be learning from his mistakes.”

Meanwhile, former driver turned commentator Martin Brundle believes Grosjean’s instinctive reactions when it comes to close racing are lacking.

“These things don’t happen by coincidence,” said Brundle. “[Grosjean’s] judgment is clearly wrong in close combat and I don’t know what he can do about it because it’s such an instinctive thing down there [in racing situations].

“You can’t consciously start making decisions. And then when you start getting tense about that, it’s all the more likely to happen.”