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Steiner: Relationship with Grosjean is 'pretty strong'

  • Published on 17 May 2019 14:14
  • comments 11
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says that he has a "pretty good" relationship with Romain Grosjean.

In the Drive to Survive Netflix documentary that was launched in March earlier this year, Steiner and Grosjean's relationship was a focal point in the series, as the Frenchman struggled in the early part of the 2018 season.

The relationship was seen to be strenuous, but Steiner maintains that the two share a healthy relationship. 

"Our relationship is pretty strong, otherwise we wouldn't have survived last year," Steiner said. "It's just we are in a difficult time."

Speaking ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, Steiner said it was a tough start to the year so far for Haas, who showed pace in qualifying, but was losing out in the race.

"We know we have a good car," he said. "We qualified out of four races three times in the top ten, which shows us that the car has the speed.

"We just need to make it work over a race distance and we'll be fine. When we start the race, after three laps we go a second and a half slower than everyone else."

Haas seemingly appeared to be on top of their issues in Barcelona, as it didn't have the graining problems it had at the preceding races.

Both Grosjean and teammate Kevin Magnussen qualified inside the top ten and crossed the line in the top ten, with Magnussen in seventh and Grosjean in tenth.

Magnussen has brought home the bulk of Haas' points at the first five races of the year, scoring 14 to Grosjean's single point.

The Dane has often been labelled as F1's more aggressive drivers, but the former McLaren and Renault driver currently has no penalty points to his name.

"I haven't seen anything different, but that's a good question for him. I'm not out there racing," Steiner said.

Steiner also questioned the thinking behind some decisions to award penalty points, highlighting Grosjean's latest incident in Bahrain, where he impeded Lando Norris in qualifying which resulted in a three-place grid penalty and one penalty point.

"Sometimes with these points, the last one that Romain got was completely... he has a driver didn't do anything wrong," Steiner remarked.

"I disagree with the grid penalty, but I take that one more. But he actually as a driver did nothing wrong. The race engineer didn't tell him, and the circumstances were just confusing."

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  • f1ski

    Posts: 542

    Sure sign he will be gone

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    • May 17 2019 - 18:51
    • To be replaced by who?

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      • May 17 2019 - 19:15
    • Biggs7

      Posts: 38

      By me

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      • May 17 2019 - 23:41
    • Are you fast?

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      • May 17 2019 - 23:43
    • xoya

      Posts: 481

      If he runs fast enough, he is better than Grosjean.

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      • May 18 2019 - 10:40
    • Grosjean is very quick though. Just not consistent

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      • May 18 2019 - 11:17
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,162

    Flashes of brilliance followed by weekends of dullness Haas deserves better. Should have gone this year, replaced by an upcoming talent.

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    • May 18 2019 - 06:31
    • xoya

      Posts: 481

      On top of that, flashes of brilliance are a distant memory.
      It's a shame he was never a champion material since he has an epic name for it. :)

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      • May 18 2019 - 10:43
    • Haas should be dominating the midfield and yet... They should have dominated last year too. They lost a shocking amount of points due to abject stupidity from both of their drivers, but specially Romain

      • + 1
      • May 18 2019 - 18:41
    • f1ski

      Posts: 542

      to finish first you must first finish

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      • May 19 2019 - 03:25
  • Grosjean has had his chance, he hasn't been impressive for quite a few years now. I do think Haas value his input, otherwise he would've been replaced already.

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    • May 18 2019 - 19:49

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