Haas: No regrets over earlier hyperlinks with Russia – Guenther Steiner

Guenther Steiner and Nikita Mazepin

Haas crew boss Guenther Steiner stated he doesn’t remorse the crew having beforehand had sturdy hyperlinks with Russia.

And he stated that the “proper selections” had been taken following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier in March, the Components 1 crew parted ways with Russian driver Nikita Mazepin and Russian title sponsor Uralkali, a chemical substances firm.

Steiner stated there was no possibility however to drop Mazepin.

The driving force’s billionaire father, Dmitry Mazepin, has shut ties to Vladimir Putin and Steiner stated the choice was taken to keep away from placing the crew in danger.

“We could not make some other determination after we received to it, there was no chance to maintain him driving. The criticism, the sanction, altogether, it did not work out any extra,” he instructed BBC Sport.

4 days after Haas’ determination to drop 23-year-old Mazepin, each he and his father had been added to the European Union’s list of Russians sanctioned over the invasion of Ukraine.

Dmitry Mazepin was described as “a member of the closest circle of [President] Vladimir Putin”, and his chemical substances enterprise, which part-owned Uralkali, was stated to be offering “substantial income” to the Russian authorities.

Talking from Bahrain, earlier than the primary Grand Prix of the season, Steiner stated the choice about Mazepin was taken by the entire crew.

“We made it as a crew and at all times with the background of what’s finest for the crew,” he stated.

“As a result of the largest asset right here is the crew, with all of the folks we make use of right here, all of the individuals who work right here, we can’t put that in danger.”

For the reason that determination, Nikita Mazepin has introduced he’s organising a basis to help different “politically excluded” athletes.

Steiner stated he had not been in contact with the younger driver, including: “It was not his doing however typically you find yourself on this scenario and you could cope with it.”

Requested if he had any regrets in regards to the shut ties that Haas cast with Russia, Steiner stated: “No I do not remorse them, it was a call that on the time we took.

“Then the world’s scenario modified and we took motion. I believe after we made our determination we made the suitable determination, each of the occasions, after we had been with them – after we had been with Uralkali and Nikita [Mazepin]- and afterwards. You can also make selections of circumstances, and that’s what we did.”

Steiner stated the crew’s future was not jeopardised by dropping its title sponsor.

“We’re good financially, we have now been at all times good, we have now by no means had any debt or something, we pay all the things. And Mr [Gene] Haas [the team owner] wouldn’t let that occur.

“Clearly there’s some challenges as a result of we need to change the revenue which we at the moment are going to lose with Uralkali however that does not put us in danger as a crew.”

Final season, Haas completed backside of the constructors’ championship with Mick Schumacher nineteenth and Mazepin twenty first.

However Steiner stated he didn’t remorse selecting the 2 rookies for final season, and was not shocked that Haas gained no factors through the season.

His outlook for this season is extra constructive, helped by the expertise of the returning Dane Kevin Magnussen, who has stuffed Mazepin’s spot.

“As a crew we all know what we’re in a position to do, we completed fifth within the championship in our third season [in 2018]. A variety of it’s the similar folks, these folks have not gone silly through the years. They’ll nonetheless do it.

“We had Covid in 2020 which put us within the place we had been in in 2020 and 2021. Now we simply make a comeback, that’s what we will probably be attempting to do that 12 months.”

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