October 22, 2018 / 1:25 AM / 7 months ago

Grosjean handed grid penalty for Mexico

Oct 20, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Haas driver Romain Grosjean (8) of France during qualifying for the Unites States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - French driver Romain Grosjean will have a three-place grid drop for next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix and is perilously close to a race ban after collecting a penalty point on Sunday.

Stewards ruled the Haas driver, who retired with a damaged car, had caused a collision with Sauber’s Charles Leclerc at the U.S. Grand Prix.

Grosjean now has 10 penalty points, with 12 in any 12-month period triggering an automatic one-race ban.

The first of those points expires on Oct. 29, the day after next Sunday’s race in Mexico City.

“If he got three (points) on the 28th, I think he would be very silly. He’s got to be very careful,” Formula One race director Charlie Whiting told reporters.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Peter Rutherford

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