Lotus team chief Eric Boullier hopes his errant French driver Romain Grosjean will learn from his errors this season after being handed a one-race ban and a fine of 50,000 euro ($A61,000) at Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
Boullier said he believed Grosjean's punishment for triggering an opening-lap pile-up that eliminated four cars was severe but added that if the penalty helped him improve in the future it was right thing to do.
The crash marred a spectacular race won by Briton Jenson Button, of McLaren, who kept alive his own slim championship hopes with a consummate drive from pole position to the chequered flag.
Button is now sixth in the title race with 101 points, trailing leader Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari by 63.
Defending champion German Sebastian Vettel, who finished second on Sunday, is second with 140 ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on 132, Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus on 131 and Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren on 117.
Grosjean, 26, will miss next weekend's Italian Grand Prix after being the first driver to receive a ban since Finn Mika Hakkinen of McLaren at the 1994 German Grand Prix.
Asked if he will learn from his experiences, Boullier said: "I can only say yes, I hope so. Obviously the penalty is done to make people understand what they did."
In his over-aggressive change of direction at the start of the race, Grosjean swerved right and into Hamilton, forcing his car into a multiple collision involving Alonso and the Saubers of Mexican Sergio Perez and Japanese Kamui Kobayashi.
Kobayashi, after repairs, was the only driver who could continue in the race while Alonso, dazed and suffering back pains, climbed out after evading serious head injuries by a narrow margin when Grosjean's car was launched over his Ferrari.
The race stewards declared Grosjean's involvement represented a serious breach of the regulations. It was the seventh time in 12 races this season that the Frenchman has been involved in an opening-lap collision.
He has previously been in incidents in Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Monaco, Britain and Germany.