Haas seeking ‘equality’ in Force India protest

Date published: November 24 2018

Haas seeking 'equality' in Force India protest

Guenther Steiner says Haas decided to protest Force India running the VJM11 as they want “equality” for all teams.

Earlier this season Sahara Force India became Racing Point Force India, an entirely new Formula 1 team.

As such they lost all the points scored prior to the Belgian Grand Prix, however, they will be permitted to bag ‘Column 1’ prize money under the Concorde Agreement.

Normally new teams are not entitled to that for the first two years of operations. Haas weren’t.

“What we are seeking is equality for all the teams,” said Steiner.

“We came into F1 under certain circumstances, we were aware of what we have to do, we did it all, and we feel that this was not done this time with Force India.

“So we are just seeking equality or at least an explanation of why it isn’t.

“I think everybody needs to be treated the same. We don’t want more or anything.

“When we came into the sport we did our apprenticeship, we would just like that everybody is treated equally.”

Haas tried to negotiate with Liberty Media and Force India but after failing to reach an agreement, lodged a protest against Racing Point Force India running the VJM11, which was designed by Sahara Force India.

Steiner explained: “We didn’t only wait up until now, we tried to mediate and get an understanding.

“We got nothing and at some point you need to do something, if you get no answers, that’s not good enough, or at least an explanation how it works.

“Just no answer at all. I tried to mediate it now for six weeks and never had an answer, so we decided to protest.

“We didn’t get either a good or bad answer – we didn’t get any answer. At some point you need to do what you need to do.

“There is no big reason why now. It’s just we got it all together, it’s a lot of work that you get your facts checked, and you decide to do it, and it’s the last opportunity, so we did it.”

The stewards meeting took place on Friday with a decision expected to be handed down on Saturday.

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