F1 workforce bosses defend stewards after Steiner’s name for everlasting officers

Haas workforce principal Guenther Steiner’s name for System 1 to introduce everlasting stewards did not win assist from his rivals.

Steiner blasted the Monaco Grand Prix stewards over the penalty imposed on his driver Nico Hulkenberg over the last race. He referred to them as “laymen”, which earned him an official reprimand from the FIA.

He additionally criticised F1’s observe of rotating the stewards between races, saying a everlasting employees needs to be launched to enhance the consistency of choices.

“It’s now time, we’ve been discussing this since years and years, and we at all times return to this – each different sport has skilled referees,” mentioned Steiner.

Crew bosses see no want to alter the present system“American racing, NASCAR, IndyCar – what number of occasions you hear issues with the stewards or with the race administrators’ resolution? Very hardly ever. However they’re doing it utterly totally different. There’s full-time folks working there.”

Nevertheless rival workforce bosses mentioned they’re happy with the present association. “To this point, this yr, the stewards made right choices,” mentioned AlphaTauri workforce principal Franz Tost, who identified solely a small variety of stewards are utilized by F1 over the course of a season.

“More often than not the stewards are well-known,” he mentioned. “It’s not that at each race that they’re utterly new. They’re altering now and again, however you see at all times the identical faces.

“It’s at all times the identical story – if a workforce has some troubles, for no matter motive, then on the finish, they inform that it’s the stewards which might be responsible. It’s not the stewards are responsible. If we do our job in an accurate approach, then I don’t suppose that the stewards make issues.”

Characteristic: Steiner’s outburst on stewards was an affordable level poorly madeAston Martin workforce principal Mike Krack mentioned he would “like to depart this for the FIA to determine” if the system must be modified. McLaren’s Andreas Seidl mentioned they “belief the FIA.”

A number of features of F1’s race administration process have been revised within the aftermath of the controversial finish to the 2021 season, when FIA race director Michael Masi was ousted over his mishandling of the championship-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff, whose driver Lewis Hamilton misplaced the world championship in that race, additionally backed the present strategy to officiating races.

“I by no means had my doubts within the system, I had my doubts in people,” he mentioned. “And I feel that as a steward and as a race director you have got immense stress to do the best issues and possibly each resolution goes to have somebody that likes it and the opposite one which doesn’t.

“So I feel they’re simply making an attempt their greatest they’ll and we have to assist the FIA the place we will.”

Steiner has clashed with F1’s race administration a number of occasions in recent times. He criticised the race director of the 2022 United States Grand Prix after he was given an incorrect deadline for the submission of a protest, which led to it being dismissed. 4 years in the past Steiner was fined for referring to a “silly idiotic steward” through the Russian Grand Prix.

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