Romain Grosjean has escaped a post-qualifying penalty at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Frenchman was celebrating a close third in Qualifying when his car was inspected and failed a front floor deflection test. The test was carried out on the top-three qualifiers.
“Car number 08 did not comply with Article 3.17.5 of the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations as the front floor deflected more than 5mm vertically when the load was applied vertically to it at the point which lies 100mm [forward] of car centre line on the RHS,” read the Steward’s statement.
Subsequently, representatives from Lotus were called to the Stewards where they argued that Grosjean hit a kerb in Qualifying, hence the reason for the increased deflection. The stewards accepted Lotus’ argument and announced that no further action would be taken meaning Grosjean will keep his third place on the grid.