Steiner: October Eifel GP not a mistake

Date published: October 9 2020

Guenther Steiner thinks the revised budget cap could have gone further still.

Guenther Steiner has defended Formula 1’s decision to race at the Nurburgring in October, stating that “any Grand Prix is a success” in 2020.

The sport has come in for criticism for opting to head to the track in Germany so late in the year, with the conditions causing FP1 of the Eifel Grand Prix to be cancelled.

However, as far as the Haas team principal is concerned, going to any race this season is a success in itself.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a mistake,” Steiner told Sky Sports.

“This year nothing is a mistake. Holding any Grand Prix is a success in my opinion. If you are a beggar you cannot be a chooser, how we say. We needed to get something in, and this was the best option.

“It’s not the first time the weather has been like this. Tomorrow if it is better and Sunday it is a rain race, who actually cares. This year, any race we can get in at any time, I think it’s a win for us.”

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The cancellation of FP1 meant that Callum Ilott, who was set to drive Romain Grosjean’s car, will have to wait a little longer to drive for the American team.

Despite the fact that he was given the chance to test though, Steiner says that the Brit isn’t on his 2021 driver shortlist.

“He’s not on the list because he’s a Ferrari driver. He’s their driver, so therefore he’s not on the list,” the Italian said, as quoted by Autosport.

“I don’t know what they’re doing with him, what they’re planning with him and so on. Therefore at the moment, he’s not on the list.

“I have a lot of respect for him because he’s second in the F2 championship which means he’s pretty good. I met him the first time this morning briefly, we’ll have a meeting this afternoon, so I will learn a little bit more about him.

“I’m very honest, he’s not on the list now. Maybe he’s on the list tomorrow, I don’t know that. It will not be dependent on the FP1 result.

“For sure if he does one thing which he shouldn’t be doing, then he’s not on the list for sure anymore, like if he crashes the car.”

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