Guenther STEINER Haas F1 Fined – RETURNS TO THE PIT WALL AT THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX OUT OF POCKET 7,500 EURO AS HE OFFICIALLY IS HANDED DOWN HIS FINE FROM THE FIA.
Guenther Steiner FINED 7,500 EURO
Guenther Steiner Haas F1 Fined – but not as bad as we had thought it was going to be considering his comments. Steiner is not known for his subtly. Even if you are just familiar with his antics from the popular Netflix show “Drive To Survive” then you are familiar with his dealings with his drivers and the press.
By all accounts, Guenther is actually a real joy to work with and be around. But if there’s one thing he lacks it’s his filter – or lack-thereof. He was summoned by the Japanese race stewards after FP1 and before FP2 where it’s likely they will rule on his behavior from the Russian Grand Prix. The Japanese Grand Prix race stewards are certainly not going to tolerate any disrespect at their Grand Prix so they are likely getting out in front of it.
Normally, even if insults are thrown at the general idea of race authority, it’s allowed but frowned upon. But it was targeting one of FIA’s own – and Emanuele Pirro of all F1 authorities, no less. This was playing with fire form the beginning. but it feels like a long time coming for Guenther Steiner.
Guenther Steiner FINE DUE TO Breach Of “Good Behavior” Rule…Essentially
Steiner is alleged to be in breach of a violation that is a catch-all for good behavior, essentially. Formally, the ruling was handed down as such:
“Alleged Breach Of Articles 12.1.1 c) and f) FIA International Sporting Code by the Haas F1 Team at 15:49, through the means of radio communications immediately following the display of the chequered flag for the 2019 Russian Grand Prix.”
Steiner Over Team Radio After Magnussen Penalty In Russia
With the official ruling coming in, it now seems the decision was more a principled one rather than a punitive one. I doubt the FIA will be as lenient should it persist, but the power move of “summoning” the Haas F1 boss was clear enough. The 7,500 euro was to put some teeth behind it.
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