Grosjean claims 'idiotic' Ericsson should open his eyes


Romain Grosjean labelled Sauber's Marcus Ericsson "idiotic" following their opening-turn collision at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. 

Grosjean - who was celebrating his 30th birthday - started from 14th on the grid as he attempted to seal a third-straight points finish for Haas in their debut Formula One season. 

However, a clash with Ericsson at turn one saw Grosjean forced to pit at the end of the opening lap, with the Frenchman eventually finishing down in 19th place. 

"It was the worst possible birthday," Grosjean told Canal+ after the race. "That idiotic Ericsson hit me in turn one and broke my front wing.

"He saw nothing, he understood nothing, I just think he should open his eyes."

Grosjean came close to retiring his car at the end of the race but managed to cross the line, with no retirements recorded in a race for just the sixth time in F1 history.

"The balance of the car was disastrous from the start to the end," he added. "We need to analyse, to understand, there might be a physical issue.

"We can't have gone from where we were to where we are with no reason. Such a weekend can be positive in order to understand things."

Grosjean moved down to eighth in the drivers' standings after the opening three rounds of the season.