Lotus has been fined 5000 euros (4296 pounds) for releasing Romain Grosjean from the pits in an unsafe manner during the final qualifying phase at Spa-Francorchamps. With rain falling at the start of Q3 and nine drivers, including Grosjean, lapping on slick tyres, a manic phase of pit activity was sparked. After swapping to Intermediate rubber, the Frenchman left his garage into the path of McLaren's Jenson Button. Having reviewed the video evidence, the Belgian Grand Prix stewards – headed up by Derek Warwick – decided that the outfit was at fault and thus handed out the fine.
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