Romain Grosjean has warned Haas that “avoidable” situations such as their Spanish GP clash could cost the team championship positions.
Grosjean and team-mate Kevin Magnussen traded paint late in the Spanish Grand Prix as they fought over seventh place.
Magnussen would go onto finish seventh while Grosjean, who twice ran off the track in their battle, finished P10.
Guenther Steiner was quick to speak to his drivers, hoping to avoid future niggles.
And while Grosjean concedes the clash was “not ideal”, he says it hasn’t damaged his relationship with Magnussen.
“In that instance we lost at least three points in the Constructors’ Championship,” Motorsport.com quotes the Frenchman as having said.
“And if you lose a [championship] position for three points at the end of the year, you’re going to eat your balls.
“It was an avoidable situation, and things could have been done in a better way.
“Saying that, it’s all OK. It’s racing.
“I guess we lost a few points, but the bigger picture was that the weekend went really well and the car was performing well.
“[After the race] I was not happy, and maybe a bit disrespectful [of Magnussen], but then again then you calm down.
“It’s just one race out of 21. As I say, the biggest loss was for the team, we lost three points. [But] we could have lost two cars.
“The year has been a rollercoaster, so imagine the faces of the guys in the garage not being so happy after finishing with the two cars in the points.
“It’s not ideal, but I think the relationship [with Magnussen] is OK.
“We just have to expect that Kevin is quite aggressive, even with his team-mate, and make sure we protect the outside line, and don’t think about trying to get people in front, but protecting more from your team-mate.”