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Haas turn one collision “cannot happen again” – Steiner

2018 German Grand Prix

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Haas Formula 1 team principal Guenther Steiner has warned his drivers there must be no repeat of their costly first-corner clash in the British Grand Prix.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen tangled at Village corner on the first lap of the race, losing five and three places respectively. Grosjean later crashed out of the race while Magnussen took ninth.

“In Silverstone we qualified again seventh and eighth, we were in a fantastic position to score points with two cars,” Steiner told media including RaceFans at the Hockenheimring. “We ended up scoring barely with one car.”

Following the collision Steiner said the team “came to the conclusion this cannot happen again.”

“We cannot throw away points in turn one when we are not in danger of being overtaken or anything after the start. That was the outcome.”

Steiner added that trying to police how his drivers fight for position at the start of the race is problematic.

“It’s so difficult at the start to make rules of engagement. The only rule of engagement is do not do anything stupid. Do nothing which compromises the team. We need to work for the team to make as much points as possible going forward because we lost already too many.”

Haas needs “a weekend without self-created drama” in Hockenheim, Steiner added.

“We just need to have a weekend without being unlucky. We don’t need to even be lucky. We just need to perform where we should perform and we should be in the points with both cars solidly, like we were in Austria. Maybe not at that point, that was a bit over-achieving, I’m aware of that.”

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8 comments on “Haas turn one collision “cannot happen again” – Steiner”

  1. Looks like Dallara finally invoiced him for all the spare parts.

  2. Too many points have already been thrown away, though.

  3. Now he grows a backbone, too late Gunth!

  4. Vettel fan 17 (@)
    19th July 2018, 15:30

    Maybe fire Grosjean and get Leclerc into the car?

  5. Drivers (GRO) should be instructed to keep their positions (among themselves) during the first round. Simple as that.

  6. If this happens again, but in the way of what happened to Red Bull at Baku…it’ll end up in very serious consequences.

  7. The unlucky thing for Haas is having Grosjean driving for them. Get Perez for next season. He can bring knowledge, consistency and sponsors to Haas.

  8. Good job Steiner.

    I’am sure Grosjean drives like it is his own car and money the next 2 weekends. Let’s see what he can do, now he knows he will loose his Haas seat, if he (one more time) unnessary crash or destroy his team or teammates chances.

    It sounds like mission impossible. So we have a very exciting weekend comming up.

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