Formula 1
Formula 1
24 Oct
-
27 Oct
Event finished
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
28 Nov
-
01 Dec
Event finished
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
87 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
94 days
R
Vietnamese GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
108 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
122 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
136 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
143 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
157 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
171 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
178 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
192 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
199 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
213 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
227 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
255 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
262 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
276 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
283 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
297 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
311 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
318 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
332 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
346 days

Wheelnut damage led to Grosjean's retirement

shares
comments
Wheelnut damage led to Grosjean's retirement
By:
Co-author: Adam Cooper
Mar 17, 2019, 12:22 PM

The Haas Formula 1 team believes damage to a wheelnut in Romain Grosjean's slow pitstop led to his eventual retirement from the Australian Grand Prix.

A year ago in Melbourne both Haas drivers retired because their wheels were not correctly affixed during pitstops. The team had been holding fourth and fifth places prior to that.

Twelve months on, Grosjean was running seventh behind teammate Kevin Magnussen before a slow pitstop in which Haas had to have two attempts to fit his left-front wheel.

That dropped Grosjean into the midfield, and he retired 14 laps later when the wheel became loose.

Team principal Gunther Steiner said the "deja vu" retirement was the result of the wheelnut having been damaged during the troubled stop.

"On the pitstop you could see that there was an issue, He lost seven seconds and the race was gone there - even if he got to the end there wouldn't have been points," said Steiner.

"They got the wheel back on, so we didn't lose the wheel like last year. But after 15 laps it mechanically broke because we forced it on."

Asked by Motorsport.com to clarify exactly what had happened, Steiner said "the wheelnut broke", adding "it was on, but when you take it off and put it on it gets damaged and then the thread breaks".

In 2018 Haas had admitted that its Australian GP disaster was partly a consequence of insufficient pitstop practice during the winter.

Asked if memories of last year had made Haas practice pitstops too much this season and make the process more tense, Steiner replied: "No, no, no, it's difficult to define if you over-practice. We know not practicing doesn't work!

"I think we did very good preparation this year. I'm not a big believer in being unlucky, you make your own luck.

"If you think about last year, after Australia there were no issues and then we come back to Australia and there's an issue again.

"What can you say? I don't think it's about practicing. We did the right job and it just happened."

Steiner said Grosjean had been sanguine about what happened.

"He was disappointed. I spoke with him about it, which is the right thing to do, and apologised because this should not happen," he said.

"But he's in good spirits because the car is good. It's not his last chance to make points.

"That's what I said to the guys: let's not dwell too much on what and if and what could have happened and if this and that. Let's focus on how we fix this.

"Do we change people around? We'll come up with a solution. It happened. It's gone."

Magnussen continued to finish the race in sixth, meaning Haas leaves Australia fourth in the constructors' championship.

"In general there are more positives than negatives - therefore you don't see me in tears or down," Steiner added.

Next article
Vettel: Ferrari had "way less grip" than in testing

Previous article

Vettel: Ferrari had "way less grip" than in testing

Next article

Bottas ignored Wolff instruction not to go for fastest lap

Bottas ignored Wolff instruction not to go for fastest lap
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Australian GP
Drivers Romain Grosjean Shop Now
Teams Haas F1 Team
Author Matt Beer