Haas’ Steiner: We need to evaluate what actually happened at turn one...

Haas’ Steiner: We need to evaluate what actually happened at turn one and avoid this for the future

Kevin Magnussen, Haas
photo: Haas

Haas F1 Team scored points for a third consecutive race as Kevin Magnussen finished ninth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit. Teammate Romain Grosjean retired 37 laps into the 52-lap race after contact with the Renault of Carlos Sainz, sent both drivers off the track and out of the race. Grosjean also hit his teammate at the beginning of the event. Team principal Guenther Steiner said after the final that the Frenchman apologized to Magnussen.

“We scored two points, and that’s all that matters. It was the best we could do. It could have been better, and it should have been, but here we are. We still scored points”, Magnussen commented.

Grosjean added: “At the beginning of the race with Kevin, I think it was a mistake from both of us. It shouldn’t happen, so we need to work on that to ensure it doesn’t happy anymore. That obviously cost us a lot of positions on the first corner. After that, with Carlos, I haven’t studied the footage, to be fair. It felt like he turned in quite hard on the corner and didn’t give me much room on the inside. I tried to go on the brake to avoid a contact, but there was not much room for me to go. It’s a shame.”

Guenther Steiner said: “We should go away from here happier and with more points. I think we lost quite a few points. We need to go away and evaluate what actually happened at turn one and avoid this for the future. This is obviously not acceptable because we keep on losing points while having a good car. I think we just need to go sit down and see what we can do to come away better, or at least where we should be. In the end, we’re not going home empty-handed. The guys can be proud of what they achieved. In the end, we have two points. Three points-scoring finishes in a row is pretty good, but I wouldn’t say I’m ecstatic about it, as it should be a lot more.”

Ten rounds into the 21-race Formula One schedule, Haas F1 Team remains fifth in the constructors’ standings with 51 points, 19 points behind fourth-place Renault with a three-point margin over sixth-place Force India and McLaren while holding a 31-point advantage over seventh-place Toro Rosso. Magnussen is ninth in the driver’s championship with 39 points and Grosjean is 15th with 12 points.