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What Gunther Steiner said to Grosjean straight after crash in Barcelona has been revealed

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Romain Grosjean hasn't enjoyed the cleanest of seasons so far in 2018.

The Haas driver crashed during a safety car in Baku, forcing his retirement, and then went further in Barcelona by spinning across the track almost immediately, eliminating himself and two other cars.

He was widely criticised for the latter, with Nico Hulkenberg being particularly critical after being one of the two men eliminated with Grosjean.

“He didn’t look great in that scenario,” Hulkenberg said. “Generally he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there.

“He has to look at it and do some work on himself. He's doing the ballet dancer and wipes two out so very frustrating."

Grosjean was handed a three-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix - not what the driver needs when he's looking to pick up his first points of the season.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner has revealed exactly what he told Grosjean in Barcelona after the incredible crash.

"During the race, I went to speak to him because I know how you feel when something like this happens, we've all had bad moments," said Steiner.

"I said, 'just get over it, there's no point to dwell on it. You know what you can do, get over it, focus, the next race is coming - be positive'.

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"Because if you go in negative, just negatives come out [and] snowball.

"We need to be positive about it, we know how good he is in Monte Carlo, and that is what we are focussing on."

Steiner, who had initially described Grosjean's penalty as "kicking a man on his knees in the face" also commented again on the penalty - this time out of "the emotion".

"In the emotion, I would say it's harsh," he explained. "Looking back now you cannot do anything, because then where do we end up?

"He didn't do anything intentionally, he didn't do [it to] run into anybody.

"For me, more consistency [is] what we need to achieve in these penalties, so the next time somebody else does something similar, I hope he gets the same penalty."

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