- Guenther Steiner [Copyright: F1 Website, Sutton]

The FIA stewards have finished Haas team principal Guenther Steiner for his F1 Russian GP radio outburst due to a penalty to Kevin Magnussen.

The Haas F1 team has been in the news always in the 2019 season, whether it is due to their tyre dramas or the car or the drivers or even sponsors, but this time it was related to their team boss, Steiner, for his post-race radio comments.

After string of non-points races, Haas finally got one in Russia courtesy Magnussen, when he finished eighth in the order. However, a five-second time penalty dropped him to ninth and behind McLaren's Lando Norris, thereby losing two points.

While in his battle with Racing Point's Sergio Perez, the Dane went in between the bollards placed at Turn 2, when he had to go to the left all-together. Magnussen was naturally disappointed but Steiner was even more, with quite an outburst.

His message was: "Thank you very much, if it wouldn’t have been for a stupid, idiotic steward, we would be eighth. Thanks for the great job guys, fantastic. Thanks Kevin, great job and driving. Thank you. You know who is the steward. It is always the same. He just does not get any more intelligent."

Already there were reports of the FIA looking into the matter from the Sporting Regulations side and Steiner was eventually summoned by the stewards in Japanese GP, which determined a fine for the Italian and a warning for a harsher punishment if repeated.

The point in contention was related to Article 11.9.3 t) of the International Sporting Code. The matter couldn't be dealt with in Russia as some of the Haas members already left and so the hearing took place at Suzuka, with one common steward from Russia.

In the hearing, Steiner confirmed that his comment was related to one single steward, who is also present in Japan, who happens to be Dr. Gerd Ennser. The Haas chief regretted the choice of words but the comment was still taken as an insult.

Therefore, the FIA imposed a fine of €7,500 on Steiner according to Articles 12.1.4, 12.2.1, and 12.4.1 of the International Sporting Code, since he holds a FIA superlicense and is morally responsible to speak in a manner which doesn't hurt the sport.

The full hearing details can be found here, in the original story.


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[Note: This story was also written by me on FormulaRapida.net]

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