The hit Netflix series, Formula One: Drive to Survive, dropped a couple of days ago. One of the episodes of the 10-part series centred around the Haas F1 team and their struggles that year. However, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen confessed that the episode merely scratched the surface of what was a far bigger problem.
One significant moment took place at the British Grand Prix, where Magnussen and Romain Grosjean collided. A behind-the scenes footage showed an incensed Guenther Steiner tearing into his two drivers. It also resulted in Kevin Magnussen storming out of the meeting room and slamming the door.
Magnussen revealed to the media that there was a lot more to the story that the Netflix portrayal did not show. He said, “I have seen that one that I’m in, and they didn’t even put the bad things in.”
The moment where Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean collided
On the opening lap, it took just five corners before the two Haas F1 cars could not keep their wheels to themselves any longer. Obviously, both drivers picked up damage and were forced to retire, their only double retirement that year.
The collision marked the lowest point for the team after a lacklustre run. Further rubbing salt in the would was the departure of title sponsor Rich Energy.
Magnussen admitted that the story itself was compelling and was a very big episode. According to the Danish driver, the confrontation was a product of growing tensions within the team.
He concluded, “We were in such a low point with everything. That’s where we really were getting depressed about the season not going right, and, you know, there was a lot of shit going on in the background with sponsors, et cetera.”
“It all sort of just came together that weekend and we all lost it a little bit. But it truly made us stronger and it’s gotten us closer together. And you would all be surprised to see how it is in real life between us.”
In 2020, the Haas F1 team will be starting afresh and hoping to banish all memory of the nightmarish 2019 season.