Haas team principal Guenther Steiner expects Red Bull’s ownership of two Formula 1 teams will become a point of contention as demand for places on the grid grows.
With demand for places on the grid rising Steiner, who was Red Bull’s technical operations director during their first season in F1, suspects the team’s unique arrangement could face challenges in the future.
Asked in an exclusive interview for RaceFans whether it was right for two teams to share the same owner, Steiner said: “I think, right or not right, it needs to be discussed.
“Obviously, there is a lot of other sports where that is not allowed. But up to now there was not an issue with this.”
Steiner has consistently argued against expanding the F1 grid beyond its current 10 teams. Nonetheless the FIA this month gave its approval for Andretti-Cadillac to enter.
“Because the sport is becoming more and more popular, [gaining] more and more worth financially, so more and more of these things will come up because everything gets more difficult,” Steiner continued. “So this will be for sure an argument which sooner or later will come up.”
Sports which prevent multiple teams having the same owner include Spanish football where club’s B teams, many of which are successful in their own right, cannot be promoted into the same league as the A team even if they win their league.
However Steiner said he sees no current problem with Red Bull’s arrangement in F1. “It’s [been] 18 years now, so it worked fine up to now,” he said.
“But at some stage there will be the questions asked and there will be answers why it works or why it shouldn’t work. But it’s not [worth reacting] on this one because it works a long time.”
RaceFans’ exclusive interview with Guenther Steiner will appear here later today.
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