Haas held ‘clear the air’ talks after Spanish contact

Date published: May 13 2019 - Michelle Foster

Haas asked the FIA to black flag Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean during FP1 in Monaco.

Haas were quick to sit down with both drivers following their collision at the Spanish GP with Guenther Steiner confident they are “OK.”

Nearing the end of a relatively quiet Spanish Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen attacked Romain Grosjean for seventh place after a Safety Car bunched up the field.

The two made minor contact, forcing Grosjean off the track at Turn 2.

The Frenchman was able to work his way back onto the track, taking the long way around the bollard only for a similar incident to happen again a few laps later.

Grosjean wasn’t impressed with the pit wall telling him to “say calm, come back easy, we’ll speak after but please stay calm.”

Magnussen finished P7 while Grosjean was 10th.

“I spoke with both drivers straight after the race, I wanted to clear the air,” Steiner explained.

“We cleared the air, we are OK.

“It’s neither here nor there and I told them ‘I’m not sitting here until midnight to look at videos [to determine] whose fault it is’.

“We need to learn out of this and move forward. We got away quite lucky even if we lost some points, but 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 that before and I wanted to make sure that there is nothing said from one of them which upsets the other one.”

The team boss added: “I think it looked worse than it was, the whole scenario.

“They accept [what I said]. We looked eye to eye, and we agreed, we are over it, we cleared the air, that’s fine, we move on like we were before.”

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