Haas F1 drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean dispute that they hate each other. After three collisions on the track, including in the last two races, the riders will have no problems if they receive stable orders not to compete with each other.
"He never learns. He will never change," Grosjean muttered over the radio on Sunday after a touch with Magnussen. The collision in Germany remained without major consequences, but caused a new commotion within the team. The drivers had dropped out two weeks earlier in Great Britain after a mutual crash in the first lap.
Earlier this year in Spain, Grosjean had to give up some places after a collision with his teammate. Despite everything, the Frenchman states that he is good with his Danish colleague.
"Imagine that you would hear from a football team everything the players are saying to each other. Then it would sometimes seem like they are constantly fighting on the field. Sometimes it just happens that you are not happy with each other," says Grosjean in Hungary.
"It's great for the public that everything we say can come on TV, but it also ensures that things are hugely pulled out of context."
"Magnussen and I call at least once a week"
According to the 33-year-old Frenchman it is normal that things are going hard sometimes. "If you race at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour, then you are not going to politely say:" Excuse me, but I think I was right and he went wrong, so should I perhaps get my position back? " you just say, "Fuck off, I want my place back!"
What Grosjean calls about his teammate about the on-board radio largely determines the perception the outside world has of them, he notes. "What people don't see is that I get on pretty well with Kevin. We certainly call each other once a week and have useful conversations about the car."
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Kevin Magnussen (second from the left) and Romain Grosjean (second from the right) at a press conference in Hungary. (Photo: Getty Images)
Magnussen: "Light contact led to major problems"
Magnussen also trivializes the problems with his teammate. "It became a major problem after Silverstone. If you look closely at that incident, you can see that we only had a slight contact, but it resulted in punctures for both of us."
"That was purely bad luck. Later in the race you saw cars crashing full and they could just keep on driving," he referred to a crash between Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, who were able to finish the race.
"Of course in the heat of the battle we sometimes shout something about the team radio, but afterwards you always have a bigger picture of the whole and you see that it went a little different than how you experienced it on the track."
Haas team boss Günther Steiner. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Steiner wants to talk to drivers about stable orders
Team boss Günther Steiner reported on Thursday that he wants to talk to his drivers this weekend to see if it is necessary to impose stable orders. "You prefer not to instruct a driver to let his teammate out. But at a certain point you get to a point where you have no other choice," said the Italian.
Although his drivers claim otherwise, Steiner hinted that their mutual understanding is far from good. "I don't care if they don't get along. I don't have the illusion that I can improve their relationship."
"If they don't want to talk to each other, I'm not going to force it. The only thing that I find important is that they don't do anything negative for the team."
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Grosjean considers car problems more important
The performance of Haas leaves a lot to be desired this year. The American team is shared eighth in the World Cup position, only Williams has fewer World Cup points. Last year, the team closed the season as the number five in Formula 1.
"If stable orders help improve our performance in the short term, I think that's fine," said Grosjean. "We don't currently have a fast car, and my focus is much more on improving that together with the engineers than on my relationship with Kevin."
The updates from Haas are so disappointing that Grosjean is now back in the car with which he started the season in Australia. "We try to understand the basics of the car as well as possible so that we can continue to work from there. The future of the team should not be hampered by poor performance due to a lack of knowledge about the car."
Haas is hunting for World Cup points this weekend in Hungary. The qualifying starts on Saturday at 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 3:10 p.m. the race starts.