Haas want a quick decision on 2021 rules

Date published: March 6 2018

As Formula 1 continues to debate the new rules for 2021, Guenther Steiner says it needs to be done as a collective package as no one issue can stand alone.

While engines promise to be the hot topic with Ferrari and Mercedes already up in arms about Liberty Media proposed changes, Steiner reckons there is more to it than just power units.

“In my opinion, everything goes together,” the Haas team boss told ESPN.

“Budget gap, prize money, revenue disruption, engine regulation – it all goes together. You cannot decouple any. The thing which you can decouple a little bit is the engine but again if you do not have the full the picture, where should it go?

“I think what we all are expecting from Liberty is to give us an idea of what they want to do in 2021, as soon as possible.

“Whatever it is and I am not suggesting ‘it should be this’ and I don’t want to get into that one but if you leave everything like it is, we need to know because then everyone, and I think not only us, but the other ones that say, let us know about the engine, let us know about the engine cap, let us know about revenue distribution because we need to know so everyone can make their decisions on where they want to be in 2021.”

But while F1 is looking to 2021, Steiner believes it is important that the blueprint is decided on before the end of this year.

“Absolutely, because if you have a business you need to know what the market looks [like] and it’s the same for us,” he said.

“We’ve got a team, but don’t know how it’s going to be in 2021. If somebody wants to change the rules dramatically you never know if you want to be part of it or not. We just need to know what is happening so we can decide or Mr [Gene] Haas can decide what to do.”