Guenther Steiner: Drivers brought a shovel, dug hole deeper

Haas boss Guenther Steiner criticised the team’s drivers in the wake of a first-lap collision that wrecked the squad’s British Grand Prix.

Haas has been trying to understand the problem that have affected its VF-19 in race trim, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen running different car specifications.

But their race was effectively run on the first lap when Grosjean and Magnussen clashed through Aintree.

Both sustained damage and were forced to pit for repairs, and they both retired shortly afterwards.

“The best that our drivers could bring to the battle was a shovel – to dig the hole we’re in even deeper,” said Steiner.

“It is not acceptable what happened. I was pretty clear with them after Barcelona, what not to do. In the end, we are in a difficult position at the moment, how to get the car work on track.

“I’m obviously disappointed to say it, what happened. Everyone works hard to get out of this hole that we are in. We do the almost impossible and when we get the chance to score points or to at least learn something to move forward, they do something like this. I don’t need any explanation for this. “

Steiner, who added that the drivers did not speak during the meeting, added: “It was an opportunity, from all the data we have got, it was an opportunity.

“We knew that because we worked hard for it on Friday. It’s a wasted opportunity. There’s your headline.

“I will do what I think is right to do in the next days.”