Grosjean says relationship with Magnussen is still "OK" after collision in Spain

22-05-2019 14:41
by Louis Shaw
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Grosjean says relationship with Magnussen is still OK after collision in Spain

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has said that his relationship with teammate Kevin Magnussen has not been damaged after their Spanish Grand Prix collision. The two drivers made contact twice as they battled during the race in Barcelona. However, Grosjean has said that their relationship hasn't been damaged.

The Spanish Grand Prix proved to be the first double points finish of the season for the American team with Magnussen finishing P7 and Grosjean P10, but they still had a sense that there were more points to be had.

Battling at the opening chicane of the Circuit de Catalunya, Magnussen forced Grosjean off the track defending his position, causing the Frenchman to lose a lot of time. 

“It was an avoidable situation and things could have been done a better way but saying that it’s all OK, it’s racing,” Grosjean said to Crash.net.

“Monday I was not happy. And maybe [I thought it was] disrespectful. Then you calm down and it’s just one race out of 21. The biggest loss was for the team because we lost three points. We could have lost two cars in a year that’s been a rollercoaster."

An audibly annoyed Guenther Steiner came on Magnussen's radio post-race to tell the Dane to go see him post-race, as the battling between both cars was unnecessarily aggressive in a weekend where Haas could have taken control of the midfield battle.

Despite all the on-track frustrations, though, the 33-year-old Grosjean insists his relationship with his teammate is still "okay".

“But the relationship [with Magnussen] is okay, we just have to accept that Kevin is quite aggressive, even with his teammate, and I’ll make sure we protect the inside line and don’t think about trying to get people in front but protecting more from your teammate.

“It was all clear, it’s been good with Kevin, we won’t take two and a half years for one incident. The relationship is good. It’s not the most clever thing to do but the relationship is still OK, it’s still good - don’t worry!”

Haas will hope that they can score another double points finish at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. 

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