Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean have said that they have a “good” relationship despite how it looks.
The two drivers have had a number of incidents this year where they have collied with each other, most notably at Spain, Britain and again last weekend at Germany.
Haas Team Principal Gunther Steiner has made it known that he is unhappy with how his two drivers are racing against each other and has threatened to invoke team orders if they cannot stop colliding.
With the two drivers having collided with each other so often, their radio messages have questioned the working relationship they have with each other.
Speaking in Thursday’s press conference the two drivers stated that they work well with each other and that the recent incidents have been unfortunate.
“I think the relationship, people could think that it doesn’t look good but actually the relationship with Kevin is really good.” commented Grosjean.
“We phone each other once a week or so.”
“We sat down and said, ‘what can we do better’, just to make sure that’s not happening again.”
“Honestly, the relationship is very good and we actually like – well, I like working with Kevin, maybe he doesn’t – but I think he likes it also. We work well together and we get on nicely.”
Magnussen agreed with his teammate and stated that he feels the situation is being blown out of proportion.
“I think in the heat of the moment, we’re blaming each other on the radio and stuff like that – but what people don’t see is that we get together between the races and talk it through and try to be constructive” said Magnussen.
“Apart from those incidents on track, I feel that we have a pretty good working relationship.”
“Romain is a cool guy, and we actually have a good time when we go to work. So, it’s being blown out of proportion a little bit.”
Magnussen also believes that the incidents between the pair haven’t been that bad, but they have both suffered big consequences for small mistakes.
“It’s happened a few times this year and, in terms of… it happened in Silverstone and it had a consequence for both of us. We punctured.” added Magnussen.
“I think that was pretty unlucky, to have two cars puncturing for such a small contact.”