Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says Romain Grosjean needs to stop being involved in any kind of incident after failing to score in the British Grand Prix.
Grosjean has endured a tough start to the season, failing to finish in the top ten in any of the opening eight races despite Haas boasting a competitive car. While the Frenchman broke that run with a strong fourth place in the Austrian Grand Prix, he then crashed during FP1 at Silverstone — damaging his chassis — before having contact with teammate Kevin Magnussen, who started the grand prix one spot ahead of Grosjean in seventh. He was forced to retire from Sunday’s race after a collision with Carlos Sainz.
“I wouldn’t call this bad luck,” Steiner said. “It’s a little bit frustrating. We all hoped for him that we are going uphill and now we are down again in the dumps and we need to get out of it again. We will get out of it. It’s always hard work.
“We should put our hard work into scoring points instead of getting up again. We should be up and trying to hit high but at the moment we are using a lot of energy just trying to get out of the dumps. Always chasing instead of trying to move ahead.”
When it was put to Steiner that the 32-year-old is reaching a point where he needs to avoid any sort of incident, he replied: “That is what he needs to understand.
“We cannot do this. We cannot keep on doing this.”
And while Steiner insists he will remain supportive of Grosjean, he admits there will come a point where his patience runs out after Haas lost ground to Renault in the battle for fourth in the constructors’ championship in Silverstone.
“I will be because that is what I need to be because we want to succeed as a team, I don’t know where the tipping point is. I am are not there yet but at some stage as I said before we need to stop losing points. That is the tipping point.
“We can’t keep on doing this. We are through half of the season and we must have lost a lot of points because of our own mistakes and that is not actually acceptable.”