Max Vestappen has been given a five-place grid penalty for his collision with Romain Grosjean during todays Monaco Grand Prix. The Toro Rosso driver appeared to misjudge the Lotus’ early braking into Sainte Devote, causing him to smash into the back of Grosjean, taking off his front left, and careering into the TECHPRO barriers.
The lucky escape happened just a couple of laps to the end of the race, causing the stewards to initiate the Virtual Safety Car system before deploying the actual Safety Car along with the Medical Car. According to the FIA this was the correct procedure from Race Control, despite some people criticising Charlie Whiting’s initial decision.
After being investigated after the race, the stewards deemed Vestappen caused the collision with Grosjean heading into turn one, and as a result has been given a five-place grid penalty for Canada and two penalty points on his FIA Super Licence.