Guenther Steiner criticizes the FIA for not checking all 20 cars for irregularities after finding two cars non-compliant with regulations at the US Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen understands that not all cars were tested; Steiner believes the check is simple and should be done by default, and disagrees with the FIA’s explanation that they cannot check all cars.
‣ The FIA did not conduct tests on the other 16 cars to check for irregularities
‣ Guenther Steiner believes all cars should have been checked and is critical of the FIA’s decision
‣ The FIA claims they followed their own regulations and cannot check all cars afterwards
In a surprising turn of events after the US Grand Prix, both Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified for their cars not meeting regulations. This raised eyebrows among the teams, with Guenther Steiner, the team boss of Haas F1, expressing his confusion and frustration over the lack of thorough testing. Steiner pointed out that out of the four cars checked, two were found to be non-compliant, which is a failure rate of 50%. However, the FIA did not conduct tests on the remaining 16 cars.
Steiner’s frustration stemmed from the fact that the FIA only checked the cars of Hamilton and Leclerc, while leaving the other 16 untested. He suggested that the process of lifting the cars and measuring them would not be time-consuming and should be a default practice. Steiner questioned the FIA’s decision and directed the question to them, stating that it is not for him to answer.
The FIA defended their actions, claiming that they followed their own regulations, which do not require them to test all cars. However, Steiner disagreed and believed that the FIA could have utilized the time they spent discussing what to do with Hamilton and Leclerc’s cars to test the remaining 16 cars. According to Steiner, measuring the plank on the underside of the cars should not be a complicated task.
While Steiner goes one step further in expressing his dissatisfaction with the FIA’s handling of the situation, Max Verstappen also shared his concerns. Verstappen had hoped that the cars of Carlos Sainz and George Russell would also be checked, given that their teammates’ cars were deemed illegal. Although Verstappen understands that not all 20 cars were tested, Steiner finds it harder to grasp.
This incident raises questions about the consistency and thoroughness of the FIA’s testing procedures, leaving teams and fans alike wondering why more thorough checks were not conducted on all the cars.