I'll play devil's advocate and take a different position from every other I have seen so far today.
It's easy to pile on Romain Grosjean who received a very rare one race suspension penalty from the FIA for what happened at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix today. God knows the young frenchman has been involved in plenty of accidents this season. Australia, Malaysia, Monaco and Spa.
But take Monaco for example, Grosjean was hit by Alonso and then Schumacher, In Australia he was nurfed off the track by Maldonado, and in Malaysia he spun into Schumacher in the rain. He also had an unforced error in Hungary.
A one race suspension, really? Was Ralf Schumacher suspended in 2002 after his first brake zone flight? No.
Was Michael Schumacher suspended for crashing into the back of Senna in Spain? No, he was given a grid penalty.
Was Vettel suspended for spearing Button in 2010 at Spa? Was Hamilton suspended for blatantly slamming Madonado into the wall in Monaco last season or colliding with Massa every other race? Heck has Maldonado been suspended after all he managed to do this year?
The last driver actually suspended was Michael Schumacher in 1994 but for not obeying a black flag. (thanks @elenaF1). The last driver suspended for on track driving antics was Eddie Irvine for the crash in Brazil also in 1994.
So why pile on Grosjean, doesn't everyone love Gilles Villeneuve, don't you know how many times he crashed?
Of course it does not help that in one crash, at the most anticipated and favorite race of the season, Romain managed to take out the championship leader in a Ferrari along with Lewis Hamilton not to mention essentially wiping out the whole of the Sauber team. That's quite a mega screwing of the pooch but let's have a look at what happened.
Starting from behind Hamilton, Grosjean gets a much better start and is clearly ahead. He does move over aggressively on Lewis who in turn, and understandably, chooses not to move right, where he had some room, or lift. Hardly the first time a driver move over and squeezes another towards the grass.
Racing incident. Avoidable? OK, how about we institute point bys for racing thereby avoiding this sort of thing ever happening again.
The FIA needs to be more consistent with penalties not adjusting penalties based on who is involved, actively or otherwise. The motoring press would do better than to count an alternator failure on lap 40 as "and early race retirement" never mind what actually happened in the other four. A penalty for Grosjean? Sure but a suspension was too harsh.
The race itself was conditioned by that first turn accident but Mclaren and Jenson Button did a masterful job winning it on a one stopper. Vettel probably super happy to find himself in second after making most his passes before the final chicane rather than in the DRS zone.
Raikkonen, author of the race's best pass on Schumacher at Eau Rouge, maybe wishing Lotus could have that little extra that it seems to be missing in every race. In just one week, Monza.