Haas boss ‘P****d off’ at wrong guy?

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I’m not trying to shoot arrows here but an article quoting Haas F1 boss, Gunther Steiner caught my eye. It seems the team boss was “pissed off” about the Russian Grand Prix weekend and who can blame him? From struggles in development to seemingly chronic brake issues to a pointless run, I would be upset too. No doubt about it.

What I found interesting is the quote from the article about why he was “pissed off”.

“I’m pissed off with the weekend, as you get when you have a weekend like this,” said Steiner.

“Almost everything that can go wrong went wrong.”

The focal point then centers on the penalty for Kevin Magnussen when he ran wide at turn 2 and failed to re-enter the circuit according to the bollards placed there and explained to the drivers and teams by the FIA.

“I’m not even trying to argue it, we were told and we didn’t do it,” Steiner said. “You live by your choices.

“[Without the penalty, points] would have been possible but I don’t know – It would have been a tough battle.

“The strategy could have been completely different so it’s difficult to know.

“There was a bigger chance without the penalty.”

Now, in fairness, yes, it was a tough penalty and perhaps K-Mags should have paid closer attention, I’m not arguing that point but what I will say in his defense is…AT LEAST HE WAS RUNNING AND FINISHED THE RACE!

If I were Steiner, I’d be a lot more “pissed off” about the 2017 performance of my top driver, Romain Groshjean, than I would newcomer Magnussen. Grosjean has become a temperamental driver constantly complaining of brake issues and he had a miserable weekend in Russia.

Perhaps there are details that caused Romain’s tough weekend that Gunther knows about and we don’t but I think it’s a tad harsh to take the stuffing out of the only driver who qualified decently and finished the race because he missed out on points when your top driver didn’t even make it to turn three on the first lap.

I get it, things aren’t going well right now but in order to score points, you have to be at least running at the end and so far both drivers have two retirements and both have finished 8th as well as 11th in Bahrain for Romain and 13th in Russia for Magnussen. Not exactly blowing Kevin into the weeds, is Grosjean. I’d say they are relatively even at this point.

I don’t think the Haas F1 car is an easy package to drive but most of the radio diatribes are coming from Grosjean and most of the public slating is also from the Frenchman. Magnussen has kept a low profile and reserved his concerns for the team.

Let’s be fair to Romain, he may feel his career is slipping backwards at Haas F1 and his chances narrowing but he left Lotus just as Renault bought the team and I argued then that he should have stayed. Now he’s on the outside looking in and berating the team, qualifying poorly, crashing out of races and being beaten by Magnussen is not a good way to endear yourself to Renault or Ferrari. To Romain’s credit, I think a lot of the pressure he seems to be under is pressure he places on himself. Clearly by this screed from Steiner, the team aren’t focusing on his shortcomings.

Hat Tip: Autosport

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Don Thorpe

I didn’t get that he was POed at Magnussen as much as just generally POed because the whole weekend was crap.

Salvu Borg

What he said, Stainer (has been reported as having said) pointed me to a “bad whole weekend”.
But, as regards Grosjean I already expressed my opinion that both him and Riakkonen needs a very good kick up their back sides, at least with Raikkonen it seems that the instant kick given him by his boss seems to have worked wonders.

Meine Postma

Well, it was a stupid rookie mistake of non-rookie K-Mag and it is known the penalty is severe.

Ole Dyring

KMag got a 5 seconds penalty. If he had ‘followed the rules’ and re-entered the circuit between the bollards he would have dropped to the back of the field. Now, that would have cost him a lot more than just 5 seconds. If KMag is to be blamed for anything, then he shouldn’t have left the track in the first place – the video takes does not indicate any obvious reason for him to leave the track when he did.

Skid Solo

You hired these guys. Live with it, or change it.


I can understand that Steiner and the team at Haas must be frustrated. For a new start team, in its second year, its had some great results, and some absolute dross. I’d imagine the lack of consistently must be driving them nuts. However, as you say attacking the driver who didn’t make a stupid error to take his car and a Renault out of the race does seem wrong.
Perhaps the interviewer caught Steiner at a bad moment.


Brilliant! the ability of writers to make a story about nothing!

Negative Camber

Woo Hoo! the ability of internet readers to read it! ;)

Steven Boyd

+ 1


I read as him being pissed about the penalty and not Kmag directly. I think he’s been in game long enough to understand what happened. Kmag went off to avoid a crash and he did so without thinking because it wasn’t his fault he had to use the run off. I think it was a stupid penalty on the behalf of the stewards. It’s not like it was Kmag’s fault he left the track in the first place. OTH-Steiner is right. Kmag knew the deal and should have had the presence of mind to reenter the track correctly as pointed… Read more »

Salvu Borg

OK, So Kmag went of track to avoid a crash, good of him for that avoiding action but coming on track again is when he got the five second penalty and that was bad of him. Kmag out to have asked Charlie at the drivers briefing “If a driver is forced off track or goes off track to avoid a crash, is he still obliged to follow your instructions as to how he is to reenter the track?”.


Kmag should have simply complied with the rule.

Guy Fawkes

Grosjean seems to be backsliding into his earlier career habits, divebombing into corners, causing accidents and generally being a hothead. Haas has certainly had some issues but they’ve also acquitted themselves very well for a new team. But between Gutierrez blowing his F1 career by blowing his top and now Grosjean constantly whinging over the car every week I can’t help but wonder if something other than brakes are overheating at Haas. Magnussen on the other hand is playing his cards correctly. Keeping his head down and getting on with the program. I sincerely hope they work out whatever it… Read more »