‘Nonsense’ FIA calls present ‘there’s lots of margin to do higher’ : PlanetF1

Guenther Steiner has spoken out concerning the “full nonsense” surrounding the black-and-orange flag calls which plagued Haas in 2022, which exhibits there’s nonetheless room for enchancment in FIA race management this season.

Haas have been hit by three calls into the pit lane with the so-called ‘meatball’ flag final season, which denotes automobile harm that must be fastened earlier than it may be deemed protected to proceed to run in races, akin to unfastened bodywork.

The FIA underwent adjustments earlier than the start of final season after the departure of former race director Michael Masi following the controversial conclusion to the 2021 marketing campaign, with Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas chosen to rotate the race director function final yr.

However given the FIA’s admission there had been an “overreaction” on its half to some choices taken final season surrounding using the black-and-orange flag, the Haas staff principal takes that as an indication that the governing physique’s mission to enhance just isn’t but full.

“There’s nonetheless lots of work to be executed, in my view,” Steiner informed Motorsport.com.

“It’s not like every part is sorted now. I feel in race management, there’s lots of margin to do higher.

“We noticed within the final races [of 2022] there have been some choices taken which I feel must be addressed.”

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Steiner believes his staff “received affected badly” by the calls to the pit lane which got here their means final yr, dubbing them “full nonsense.”

The staff protested towards Fernando Alonso being allowed to proceed in the US Grand Prix with out the black-and-orange flag being waved at him for a unfastened wing mirror, following his collision with Lance Stroll.

This protest was upheld by the FIA and it will definitely dropped the Alpine driver out of the factors come the race end however was later overturned resulting from Haas lacking the deadline. Steiner mentioned the attraction was nothing private towards Alonso specifically, relatively to point out off the “flawed” guidelines which he feels had gone towards Haas final yr.

“This isn’t the way it ought to be,” Steiner mentioned. “We received penalised, after which they modified the foundations. No person else ever received penalised, and the rule was modified.

“[The Austin protest] was on precept: your system is flawed as a result of the foundations will not be the identical for everyone, and I feel the way it was dealt with from race management was not good.”

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