Haas insists Grosjean’s drive is safe after Baku and Spain crashes

Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner says that Romain Grosjean's future at the team has not been threatened by high-profile incidents in the last two grand prix races

Haas insists Grosjean’s drive is safe after Baku and Spain crashes

Grosjean crashed behind the safety car in Azerbaijan, and then triggered a collision with Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly when he spun on the first lap in Spain.

The latter incident earned him a three-place grid penalty for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. But Steiner insists that there has been no internal debate about Grosjean's future.

"We didn't even speak about it," he said.

"When somebody has two bad races there's no point to start rumours, or to start to do things about it.

"The only thing that we need to do is to get Romain back to where he is capable of competing - we all know [he] is a very capable guy.

"I'm not a person when if someone's on his knees I try to kick him, that's unfair.

"He knows better than all of us what not to do, [after] Baku and Barcelona.

"But can it happen again? Yes, it could. It's Monte Carlo. But just to stop the rumours, there was never talk about that."

Steiner has tried to encourage Grosjean to look for positives and feels that it is his responsibility to make sure the Frenchman moves on from the incidents.

"During the [Spain] race I went to speak to him, because I know how you feel when something like this happens, we've all had bad moments," he said.

"I said, 'just get over it, there's no point to dwell on it. You know what you can do, get over it, focus, the next race is coming - be positive'.

"Because if you go in negative, just negatives come out [and] snowball.

"We need to be positive about it, we know how good he is in Monte Carlo, and that is what we are focussing on."

Steiner reckons it's vital for Grosjean's recovery to start with a strong run of practice on Thursday.

"It's always important to have a good day of practice, and sometimes it didn't happen," he said.

"Maybe more than ever it is important here.

"You need to build up [at Monaco], so hopefully we have no drama to go into a good race.

"The car is capable of doing a lot this year. He just needs to have one event [to] go well for him, without drama, and he'll be alright again. "I'm very much convinced about that."

Steiner accepts Grosjean's Barcelona penalty was inevitable, but stressed that he wants the FIA to be consistent with its sanctions.

"In the emotion [at the time] I would say it's harsh, [but] looking back now you cannot not do anything, because then where do we end up?

"He didn't do anything intentionally, he didn't do [it to] run into anybody.

"For me, more consistency [is] what we need to achieve in these penalties, so the next time somebody else does something similar, I hope he gets the same penalty."

shares
comments
Why Monaco 'madness' will be F1 at its best
Previous article

Why Monaco 'madness' will be F1 at its best

Next article

Force India making 'too many compromises' to get F1 car improved

Force India making 'too many compromises' to get F1 car improved
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022