Haas team principal Guenther Steiner insists Romain Grosjean’s seat is not under threat following two major errors in the last two races.
Grosjean was running in sixth place when he crashed out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix behind the Safety Car, losing control when warming up his tires. At the next race in Spain, the Haas driver spun at Turn 3 on the opening lap and lit up the rear wheels in front of the whole following pack, collecting Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly in the process.
With Grosjean on a run of nine races without a point and having a three-place grid penalty at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, when asked about rumors the Frenchman’s seat could be under threat, Steiner replied: “I don’t know where the rumors came from, so there are no rumors. I think that is the easiest way to stop them.
“We didn’t even speak about that. Somebody’s having two bad races; there’s no point to start rumors or to start to do things. The only thing that we need to do is to get Romain back to where he is capable of competing, which we all know.
“He’s a very capable guy. He had two bad races. I’m not a person where if someone is on his knees, I try to kick him. That’s unfair. For sure he knows better than all of us what not to do, not to do another Baku or Barcelona. But can it happen again? Yes, it could. It’s Monte Carlo.
“Just to stop the rumors, there was never talk about that. I don’t know where they came from or whoever brought them up. I’m not trying to say anything wrong. I think I saw maybe one thing … I never spoke with anybody about the rumors. I would come to you guys [media] if I did anything anyway.”
Steiner says he didn’t need to have strong words with Grosjean after Barcelona but instead told his driver to quickly put the incidents behind him.
“I wouldn’t say very intensely — there’s no point. Actually during the race I came off [the pit wall] and went to speak with him. I know how you feel if something like this happens. We all have bad moments in our life and our careers and how you feel, and I said to him he’ll just get over it. It happens. There’s no point to dwell on it.
“You know what you can do – get over it, focus on the races coming, and be positive. If you’re negative, negatives come out. It snowballs. So we need to be positive about it. We know what we can do, we know how good he is in Monte Carlo or how he can be in Monte Carlo. That is what we are focusing on from here.”