Steiner argues need for commercial and sporting sense in sprint races – “Why would we open a loophole?”

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner commented on the idea of sprint races, saying it needs to make commercial and sporting sense.

F1 is set on hosting six sprint races in the upcoming season, up from three in 2021. However, the idea is yet to be finalised, with only the discussions regarding financial matters left to be resolved.

The budget cap implemented into the sport is playing into the troubles. Last year, the teams were granted relaxations of $150,000 per sprint race, with an added $100,000 per event should a car be damaged in an accident. However, with six sprints set to be raced, teams have started to get cold feet.

Steiner commented on the idea of sprint races, saying he wouldn’t be on board until it made sense.

“No, it doesn’t frustrate me because it’s just what you do if you can,” he told Racer. “They are just doing what they can.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner. Baku June 2021
Steiner (pictured) is on the fence regarding sprint races. Source:

“I’m not going out of my way so the big teams get an advantage out of it because we raised the budget cap. I’m grown up as well about that. Why would we open a loophole here that means we are going back to the ‘good old days’?”

No news

“I didn’t hear anything since our last meeting – I don’t remember where it was, Saudi Arabia maybe – with Stefano (Domenicali, F1 CEO) about the sprint races,” he added.

“We sent in our opinion about it, which we were asked to do, but since then I haven’t heard anything. I think there will be an F1 Commission meeting in the next weeks, so I think we will hear more from it. But at the end of the day it needs to make commercial sense, it needs to make sporting sense.

“I don’t really know because I don’t dislike sprint races if they happen, but if they don’t happen I don’t think the upside is so big that I will go and vouch for them.”

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