Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has confirmed that Rich Energy branding will remain on the black and gold cars for this weekend’s British Grand Prix despite the furore generated by “the rogue actions of one individual” who ‘terminated’ the agreement citing lack of performance by the American team.
While Rich Energy try and extricate themselves from the mess caused by a Tweet yesterday, Steiner told reporters at Silverstone, “Sorry guys, I would like to tell you more, but I cannot. I hope you respect that.
“I don’t want to put anybody in a difficult situation but I cannot say anything about it. [Rich Energy] will be on the car this weekend, and then the rest, we need to sort out going forward what we will do.
“Our commercial agreement does not let me talk about it, and I don’t want to. So there is no point stirring it up more. It is what it is.”
Steiner admitted that the renegade Tweet caused concern, “You can do without it, but it’s not like I am staying up at night thinking about it. We will get on with our job.
“For me what is more important is to get the car back where we want to be and this is our focus. It’s important but at this moment in time, it’s part of the job and you need to deal with it.”
Haas are having a well below par season as their drivers struggle with a car that struggles to generate heat into the tyres and as a result, lie ninth in the constructors’ standings at the halfway mark of this season, only better than the woeful Williams team.
Steiner continued, “It’s pretty easy for me. As I said to you guys before, it’s about being professional. I think I’m known to be professional. When I speak, I speak, when I cannot, I don’t speak.
“There’s no point going into a war of words about something. It doesn’t even upset me. It’s just something I need to deal with next week, and I will,” added the Haas team boss.
Today @rich_energy terminated our contract with @HaasF1Team for poor performance. We aim to beat @redbullracing & being behind @WilliamsRacing in Austria is unacceptable. The politics and PC attitude in @F1 is also inhibiting our business. We wish the team well #F1 #richenergy pic.twitter.com/9mAt2dOnYu
— Rich Energy (@rich_energy) July 10, 2019