Grosjean: Relationship with Magnussen ‘still good’ after Spanish clash

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix – Haas’ Romain Grosjean says that his relationship with Kevin Magnussen hasn’t changed in spite of their late race spat in Barcelona.

The two Haas drivers engaged in battle towards the end of the Spanish Grand Prix, with Magnussen stealing P7 from Romain Grosjean upon the restart after the Safety Car. In their ensuing battle, Grosjean was forced off the track twice and had to scamper across the escape area at Turn 2 in order to rejoin. He would eventually be passed by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

The pair were summoned before their team boss Guenther Steiner immediately after the race to explain their actions, with Steiner later stating that the drivers had held ‘clear the air’ talks.

Speaking ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Grosjean said that the lost points were regrettable but that the relationship he has with his teammate hasn’t changed as a result of their spat:

“On the Monday [after the race], I wasn’t happy. Maybe I thought it was disrespectful. But then, you know, you calm down and realise it’s just one race out of twenty one. The biggest loss was for the team because we lost points, but we could have lost two cars in a year that’s been a rollercoaster. So imagine the faces of the guys in the garage if we finished with two cars not in the points.”

“The relationship with Kevin is OK, I just have to expect that he will be aggressive and will be so with his teammate. I have to make sure to take the inside line and don’t think as much about the cars in front but protect more from your teammate.”

“We talked in Guenther’s office after the race. I spent half an hour or so with Guenther before Kevin came up from media stuff. We had a chat, very quiet, and discussed it. It’s all clear, and it’s been good with Kevin. We’re not going to take two and a half years and ruin it over one incident. It wasn’t the cleverest thing in the world but the relationship is still good.”

Taking a bigger view of Haas’ weekend in Spain, Grosjean said he was focusing on the positives from the race:

“It was an avoidable situation, and things could have been done in a better way. Saying that, it’s all OK. It’s racing, and we lost a few points.”

“We lost three points in the Constructor’s Championship and if you lose a position by three points at the end of the year, you’re going to eat your balls.”

“The bigger picture was the weekend went really well, the car was good and we were even faster than Red Bull in the middle stint. I was happy with that.”

As for whether the situation could be rectified by interference from Steiner in future races, Grosjean laughed as he said: “I am not Team Principal, and I don’t give a damn about that. I don’t have to make those decisions!”

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