Haas not crying over cancelled American races

Date published: August 5 2020

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Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says he’s not disappointed by Formula 1’s decision not to head to the Americas this year.

Earlier this month Formula 1 confirmed that the United States Grand Prix along with the Mexican and Brazilian races had joined Canada on the cancelled list.

Instead Formula 1 increased it run of European races, adding the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola.

After that the circus is expected to potentially head to one or two Asian venues before wrapping up the championship with a double header in Bahrain followed by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Despite Haas being F1’s only American team, Steiner insists that he wasn’t disappointed to lose all four Americas races.

“First of all the disappointment not to make the flyaways is not high, because of the financials,” he said.

“If they don’t support us, there’s no point to go there, if we just lose money, there’s no point to fly a long way away to lose money. And the safety of all the people is the most important thing here anyway.

“So that one we can live with.”

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He added that team owner Gene Haas also understood Formula 1’s decision with the biggest concern being lost revenue from not having a full calendar rather than just losing the American events.

“He knows that it’s done for a good reason, why we cannot go there, and nobody can change it,” he said.

“We are all a little bit disappointed that we haven’t got the full calendar and the full revenue from the race events.

“But the pandemic came, we didn’t allow it to happen, it happened without asking us, so we just need to deal with it.”

Not yet certain of how many races Formula 1 will have on this year’s calendar, Steiner admits it is the money more than the location of races that is playing on Haas’ mind.

“It’s getting closer that we get the information about how much the number will be, but as you know it’s always too little,” he said.

“We still need to be very careful with what we are doing, and be very diligent how we are spending our money so we can get to the end with it.”

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