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05/15 2018

NICO HULKENBERG SAYS CRASH-HAPPY F1 RIVAL ROMAIN GROSJEAN ‘SHOULD THINK ABOUT CHANGING SPORTS’

Romain Grosjean spins out on the first lap on Sunday in Barcelona.

Grosjean scoreless in last 9 Formula 1 races for Haas F1 Team

BY: GMM

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner is defending Haas driver Romain Grosjean after Grosjean, who is one of just two scoreless drivers on the Formula 1 grid, crashed out of his second consecutive race on Sunday in Barcelona.

Grosjean’s latest episode at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix angered — and took out — rival driver Nico Hulkenberg.

“He spun eight times this weekend and is completely unpredictable,” said the German. “Maybe he should think about changing sports.”

Grosjean, who is scoreless in nine consecutive races dating back to last season, is having a bad start to 2018. Meanwhile, teammate Kevin Magnussen has scored 19 points in the first five races.

In addition to his crash in Barcelona, Grosjean crashed out while traveling behind the safety car in Baku. In Barcelona, Grosjean was given a three-place grid penalty for Monaco for the first-corner crash.

It is not the first time Grosjean’s F1 career has been in crisis. He was banned for a Formula 1 race in 2012 due to a spate of crashes.

But Haas’ Steiner is not all that concerned.

“For me, it was a normal first lap incident,” Steiner said. “Yes, the consequences were unpleasant, but you only have a few milliseconds to decide — and that’s what he decided. Right now, Romain’s reputation suffers and he’s an easy target for criticism, but I think the decision of the stewards (for the grid penalty) was a slap in the face.”

Steiner said he is standing behind Haas’ most experienced and highest paid driver.

“I went to talk to him immediately because I could imagine how he felt,” Steiner told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. “If I fail him, it’s finished. So we’ll help him. I told him I do not blame you. You tried to get the best possible start and it did not work. Move on. Focus on Monte Carlo and do your best there.

“Right now Romain is down, but he responds in the right way. Of course, nine races without points is not good, but he’s just got to get on the horse again.”