October 22, 2018 / 3:03 AM / a month ago

Formula One: Grosjean handed grid penalty for Mexico

Formula One F1 - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan - October 6, 2018 Haas' Romain Grosjean during qualifying REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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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