Steiner “not panicked” about Romain Grosjean’s form

Haas driver heads to Monaco on the back of two race ending crashes

Monaco Grand Prix – Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner says he’s not worried about Romain Grosjean’s form as the team head to Monte Carlo.

Grosjean drew criticism from pundits and fans after he caused a three car pile-up on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix last week. Losing control of his car, the French driver kept the power down as he spun around in front of cars behind and the resulting smoke screen caused Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg & Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly to collide with the Haas.

This was after Grosjean crashed all behind himself on the streets of Azerbaijan, while running in the points behind the Safety Car towards the end of the race in Baku.

Heading to Monaco, where Grosjean had an incident filled weekend in 2013, his team boss Guenther Steiner says he has no worries about his drivers’ form:

“Sometimes in your career, and in any sporting career, you have downs. Romain is a good driver and he will get back where he belongs. He’s now got Monte Carlo coming up, where he’s always fast, and I’m sure he cannot wait to get there to prove the naysayers wrong.”

“If something goes wrong, you come back stronger. That’s the only thing you can do. We’re not even a quarter of the way through the season, so we don’t need to panic. With a car like this, he just needs to say, ‘I will have a flawless weekend and I will be fine.’ A professional can do that, and he’s a professional.”

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Grosjean has a three place grid penalty to overcome in Monaco, one of the most difficult tracks on the calendar to overtake at. Speaking about this hurdle, he said: “It is what it is. We’ve got to live with it. Our strategy will be to qualify as high as we can and move from there.”

“Qualifying in Monaco is pretty much everything. Then in the race, you need to stay in between the walls and wait. Sometimes nothing will happen, sometimes a lot will happen and you can gain some positions. We’re going to focus on qualifying.”

“It’s been a tough series recently, with tough luck. There’s a lot more races, and as we’ve said, the car is fast at a lot of circuits. I’m very much looking forward to the next race.”

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Thomas Maher

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