Romain Grosjean, Haas, Silverstone, 2019

“We’re not stupid, we want to avoid contact”: New orders for Haas pair after clash

2019 German Grand Prix

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Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be given fresh instructions on avoiding further contact ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner warned his drivers after the second run-in between the pair this year at Silverstone. Both drivers retired from the race after they collided at turn four and again at turn five on the first lap of the race.

The pair previously made contact during the Spanish Grand Prix. Steiner said he was “still not over” the latest collision between his drivers.

“Normally I get over things pretty quick but this one, because we had a clear talk after Barcelona, what to do and what not to do, and it wasn’t followed, which is disappointing.”

Steiner had told the drivers that if one was believed to have gained a position from the other unfairly, the team would order them to change places. “My instructions after Barcelona were quite clear,” he explained. “Even if the guy who is [in the] right is going back, they will be put forward again. So that should have taken all that one out.”

Asked if they will discuss the incident again ahead of this weekend’s race, Steiner said: “I think I have to.”

Grosjean said the team will “have a briefing on Sunday morning” but defend his and Magnussen’s driving. “We’re not stupid and we want to avoid contact,” he said.

“We always qualify next to each other so the risk is higher and in the midfield, in the pack, it’s not always easy to position the car where you want.”

Grosjean believes “there wasn’t anything that was particularly bad” in the battle between the pair at Village and Stroll which left both cars with punctures. “There’s a lot of things that could have been different in Silverstone,” he said.

“Kevin touched my rear wheel out of turn four, punctured my rear-right tyre. Then I went to turn five obviously on three wheels.

“I pushed him wide but I didn’t know he would be outside either. He punctured again. It’s a double puncture for two small touches.”

Haas were unlucky both drivers’ races were ruined by the contact, said Grosjean. “Look at [Max] Verstappen, he flew up in the air. I’m sure he had a bit of floor damage but sometimes a small touch creates big things.”

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9 comments on ““We’re not stupid, we want to avoid contact”: New orders for Haas pair after clash”

  1. if one was believed to have gained a position from the other unfairly, the team would order them to change places

    What about rules of engagement for just racing for position? I think these two need some of that as well.

  2. “We’re not stupid, we want to avoid contact”

    Joke of the day.

    1. I did think that a brave statement.

  3. He does make decent points. They are of close speeds so will come together. They fight in the pack, so it’s harder to give large gaps etc.

  4. “We’re not stupid” says man who has been banned once for stupidity and should have been banned a second time after Spain last year for spinning his car into the oncoming pack in a cloud of smoke, ending 2 drivers races (3 including his own) and endangering his fellow competitors and marshals.

  5. Clearly those 2 are if team principal has too keep reminding you not to crash.

  6. “German authorities rule out Haas drivers in starting lights incident – Investigation turns to other teams while FIA mobilizes stewards from across the globe to solve the problem

    ‘One idea we’re considering is having two dozen stewards hanging from the gantry with flashlights, but nothing is definitive yet,’ said an anonymous source.
    Meanwhile, police are looking at the possibility that the vehicle was a Red-Bull party bus. A spokesperson was quick to note, however, that that doesn’t point to their culpability, as none of their buses are tall enough and various witnesses reported a red streak coming up behind the bus just before the disastrous crash.”

    1. ROFLMBO!!!! TR absolutely top class!!!!

  7. CrashJeans hasn’t got a leg to stand on!
    Has as many, if not more Red Mist moments, than SV.

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