12 Oct 2012

Grosjean issues Webber apology

7:44 am on 12 October 2012

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has apologised to Mark Webber for a collision that wrecked the Australian's race in Japan last weekend and vowed to do everything possible to stay out of trouble in the future.

Red Bull's Webber had started on the front row and angrily confronted the Frenchman, whom he dubbed a 'first-lap nutcase', in the Suzuka paddock after fighting back from last to ninth in the race.

Grosjean assured Webber, sitting just in front of him in a news conference ahead of Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, that he completely understood his Formula One rival's frustration and anger.

Grosjean, who drove into Webber while focusing more on Mexican Sergio Perez's Sauber, has finished on the podium three times this season but has also been involved in a spate of first-lap incidents.