Steiner ‘still not over’ Haas’ Silverstone crash

Jamie Woodhouse
Guenther Steiner still not over Silverstone crash between Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

Guenther Steiner still not over Silverstone crash between Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

Haas principal Guenther Steiner claims he is “still not over” Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen’s crash at the British GP.

The pair collided on the opening lap, causing both to retire a few laps later, creating further woes for the team languishing in P9 in the Constructors’ Championship.

Grosjean was running the Australia-spec VF-19 as Haas looked to gather vital data to improve their race performances, but the incident cost them the chance to do that.

Steiner has made it clear to the drivers that these incidents can’t continue after the pair also collided in Spain, but he also revealed he can’t move on from the Silverstone shambles yet.

“I’m still not over it, because you have got a certain amount of opportunities, and obviously this year we are struggling in some of the races,” he is quoted by

“I could now say the car would have been fantastic, which is not true, but on Friday it was a lot better on long runs, if you compare them it was factual.

“Again, if it would have been the same in the race 100 percent I cannot say but the chances were high. And then you go out on Turn 5 and we are P9 in the championship, and I think our position does not reflect where we are in reality.

“We have got these big ups and downs, and when we have got ups, we put ourselves down one way or another, so that is quite frustrating.

“I can do a lot but I think they need to understand where we are, that’s the disappointing thing for me.

“They don’t let me down as a person, they let the team down which is disappointing. Like I say I’m still not over it.

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

Steiner made it clear that he felt the incident was 50/50 and both drivers were to blame.

“Yes I think it is equal because my instructions from Barcelona were quite clear even if the guy has gone back he will be put forward again so that should have taken that question out,” he confirmed.

“Otherwise you are sitting around the table forever and you never end up at 100% to 0%, it is always 70-30 or 60-40 and then you discuss and discuss and never get a conclusion.

“Instead of having that I said let’s do it like this. We look afterwards and if the guy lifted which was right then he will then move forwarded if needed.”

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