Haas team principal Guenther Steiner took action immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix to defuse any tensions between his drivers over their clashes during the race.Romain Grosjean was forced onto the run-off at turn two twice as he and Kevin Magnussen fought over seventh place.
“I spoke to both drivers straight after the race,” Steiner confirmed afterwards. “I wanted to clear the air.”
He said he wasn’t blaming either driver for the contact between the two of them.
“We cleared the air, we are OK. It is neither here nor there. I told them I’m not sitting here until midnight to look at videos whose fault it is. We need to learn out of this and move forwards. We got away quite lucky even if we lost some points.
“In the end we had two cars in the points which is always good. They have a good relationship between the two of them, they had it before. And I wanted to make sure there is nothing said from one of them that upsets the other one.”
However Steiner admitted he can’t guarantee the pair will have another run-in. “I got them both straight after the race, we talked it through maybe for 15 minutes and we said move on from this and don’t do it again. Can I promise that they don’t do it again? No.”
After his second trip across the run-off Grosjean lost some heat in his tyres and came under attack from Carlos Sainz Jnr, who passed him. Daniil Kvyat demoted Grosjean another place.
“He had to bring [the tyres] up back to temperature,” Steiner explained. “And then the car got quicker again as you saw. There is some damage on the floor but I couldn’t tell you how much he lost.”
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