Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said the team’s unsuccessful attempt to have the results of the United States Grand Prix reviewed was worthwhile.
However the stewards also acknowledged some track limits may have been overlooked during the race and urged the FIA to devise better means of enforcing them in the future. Steiner said that admission justified their attempt to provoke a review of the race result.
“I don’t regret it,” said Steiner ahead of this weekend’s race in Las Vegas. “Obviously we were conscious that it will be difficult to make it stick but at least we tried.
“What came out is that the stewards actually said to the FIA that it’s doing a bad job. And I think that’s what was done. We didn’t get anything out of it but you have to try in life, you have to fight.”
Steiner indicated the team believed several drivers had gone off the track at turn six, where the stewards said they did not have sufficient camera footage to inspect.
“What they should have done is make sure that they had a CCTV camera on turn six so I don’t have to protest,” he said. “That is number one.
“They should make sure that they’ve got the means in place to check their own regulations, not me sitting at home or Aston Martin [who protested over a similar matter in Austria] checking what they are doing. That is not the team’s job. In half an hour, we didn’t have time to go through all that stuff because that is not our job. We are not the governing body, we are a race team, we pay somebody to do this job – the FIA.”
He believes many people in F1 share Haas’ concern over the enforcement of track limits. “I think that’s worth it for the whole of Formula 1, not only for us, because everybody agreed with it, but nobody did anything about it,” he said.
However he admitted he wasn’t satisfied with the team’s failure to win a review.
“A fair hearing would be that they would accept the Right to Review and to review it properly, but obviously they didn’t want to go there for obvious reasons,” he said. “And that’s it, end of story. But as long as we move forward and get better for the future, it’s already a win.”
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