Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admits he was angered by the collision between his two drivers at the start of the British Grand Prix.
Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean started from seventh and eighth respectively, giving Haas a big opportunity to close in further on Renault in the constructors’ championship. However, the pair made contact with each other at Turn 3 on the opening lap and dropped to 10th and 13th, with the two Renaults gaining significant ground to run in the top 10.
“I would say I am not happy,” Steiner said of the incident. “They can happen, but it shouldn’t happen. We need to be better than that. That’s the conclusion out of this. We need to stop losing points. We are in the points now but [when] we lose them, we do it ourselves.
“While last year we needed to get into the points, now we need to stop falling out of the points, so that’s what we need to get better at.”
Grosjean was attempting to pass Magnussen down the inside of Turn 3 when the contact happened, despite warnings from the team. While it resulted in damage to Magnussen’s floor that limited him to ninth place, Steiner stopped short of apportioning too much blame to either driver.
“The first lap incident, you have no control over anything,” he said. “It’s down to the drivers, and sometimes stuff happens which shouldn’t happen. I am sure Romain didn’t do it on purpose – why would he drive into his teammate? But it happens, so the drivers need to get better at avoiding these situations as at that point the team can’t do anything. I am not a race car driver.”
However, having seen Haas miss out on a number of point-scoring opportunities this season – with Sunday resulting in just two points for Magnussen at the flag – Steiner said he will look into making changes to the way the drivers race.
“I think there is a point where you have to draw a line,” he said. “We need to see how we can come to an agreement that we are not losing more points. We need to be conscious of what we are doing; the drivers need to be. We are conscious.”