Lotus driver Grosjean has been involved in numerous first-lap incidents this season, and was banned for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza after taking out Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez at the first corner in Belgium. He was once again at fault here as he hit the right-rear corner of Webber’s Red Bull as the field funnelled through Turn 2.

He said: “I haven’t seen what happened at the start but the guys confirmed it was the first-lap nutcase again, Grosjean. The rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend but he’s trying to get to the third corner as fast as he can at every race. It makes it frustrating.”