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Ban good to control Grosjean’s ‘enthusiasm’: Jackie Stewart

Romain Grosjean hoped one race ban would make him a stronger driver starting with Singapore GP.

Published: September 25, 2012 1:31:23 pm

Romain Grosjean hoped that the one race ban would make him a stronger driver starting with the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend,a view which was shared by triple world champion Jackie Stewart.

The Lotus driver was the cause of the dangerous first lap crash at the Belgian Grand Prix earlier this month incurring the wrath of the stewards who believed that the incident could have potentially injured several other competitors.

Replaced for the Italian Grand Prix as a result,the 26-year-old returned to the paddock a lot wiser after the suspension.

“I think the ban will have affected him significantly and I think that and it will help him just to steady his enthusiasm,” Stewart told

“It’s an important point to realise that you can’t continue to have accidents because seven accidents out of 11 races is not insignificant,” the Scot pointed out to the driver’s season. “So it’s a good opportunity for him to take some time off to realise the significance of it.”

Mercedes Motorsport vice president Norbert Haug meanwhile believed upcoming drivers needed to be educated about the processes of Formula 1 at least before they take a step up from the lower categories of racing.

“You should not do that in Formula Ford,not in Formula 3,not GP2 or whatever,” Haug said referring to the accident at Spa. “It was just a mistake and it will not be repeated. He needs to learn because preparation in Formula 1 is not as it used to be.”


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