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Haas boss shrugs off simmering rival criticism

Guenther Steiner isn't concerned by the simmering criticism from some rivals unsurprised by Haas' instantaneous success in F1.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says he isn't listening to comments being made by certain rivals over the outfit's preparations for entering F1 following its immediate success.

Though Haas received universal praise for its top six finish on its Australian Grand Prix debut, it came with the caveat of some teams insisting they are not surprised by the team's instant success and impressive performance, primarily due to its close technical partnership with Ferrari.

Indeed, though it is considered that Haas has not acted illegally in any way, some teams have questioned whether it has skirted close to the rules of being a 'customer Ferrari', a claim the team has repeatedly refuted anyway.

Regardless, Steiner says he would rather see Haas criticised for its success than otherwise and insists he is not concerned by the opinion of others.

“I don't know what others are thinking. Everyone has to look at themselves and why they are where they are before critiquing other people. The regulations are the same for everybody.

“We didn't do anything different to what anyone else can do. I feel at peace with ourselves. A lot of people didn't expect that and now they are wow, that really happened. Sometimes you have to get over things.

“I'd rather be crictised for doing good than felt sorry for doing badly. The regulations are the same for everybody. We didn't have an advantage so why would we get criticised.”

Following the top six debut, Romain Grosjean finished fifth in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
by Ollie Barstow



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MikeP

April 06, 2016 2:38 PM

Ha! Teams like Williams were more than happy to profit from selling parts like gear boxes and buy engines until they started getting beat and now, suddenly, it is a big concern. Build a better car.

richard

April 06, 2016 3:35 PM

Matt2: They will have to make their own car next year and they will probably suffer in competitivenes.
If you read the rules you will find that haas have done nothing that the rules do not allow. they DO build their own car. it is NOT a ferrari design. it is dallara. but you keep saying that it is basically a customer car. well then, so is williams, so is manor etc etc the car is legal and is produced by haas.



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