Romain Grosjean shows brilliant sportsmanship at the Australian Grand Prix

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It was a nightmare start for to the Formula One season for the Haas team.

A series a pit-stop blunders saw both of their drivers limp out of the Australian Grand Prix, just when they were looking in position for top-six finishes, in the season curtain-raiser in Melbourne.

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were both going along nicely on the Albert Park circuit. In fact, after Max Verstappen's spin they were even fourth and fifth on lap 21.

However, what Haas described as a "heartbreaking" pit-stop blunders caused their race to completely fall apart.

Magnussen was forced to withdraw from the track shortly after he left the pits with a mechanical issue, having been spotted rolling to a stop on lap 24.

It quickly emerged that during an otherwise routine pit-stop, a mechanic had failed to fully secure a tyre, leading to the issue.

And three laps after Magnussen's race had come to an abrupt end, so to did Frenchman, Grosjean, citing a similar issue.

Grosjean's vehicle also suffered a malfunction. It was also spotted limping along the side of the track - again just a short period of time after emerging from the pits.

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A virtual safety car was called into action, which ultimately allowed Sebastian Vettel the opportunity to overtake Lewis Hamilton and eventually triumph in the first race of the season.

For Haas, though, an unsecured tyre was to blame.

And given his chance of a decent points finish was taken out of his hands you could understand if the Frenchman would have been pretty fed up when he made his way back to the team in the pits.

But that couldn't be further from the truth.

A distraught Grosjean was spotted counselling the member of the pit crew, who was reportedly responsible for the blunder which ultimately ended his race.

Grosjean has won many admirers for his show of sportsmanship since the clip has emerged on social media.

Meanwhile, Haas are planning extra pit-stop practice to prevent such an event happening again after being handed a €10,000 fine for the issues caused.

"This weekend was very tense for us - we had some issues in FP1, FP2, we didn't have a lot of spares, so we didn't do a lot of pit-stop practice, and that could be one of the reasons," Gunter Steiner, Haas team principle, said after the race.

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