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FIA summons Steiner following criticism of Monaco GP stewards


Guenther Steiner’s public criticism of the FIA officials after last weekend’s Monaco GP has earned the Haas boss a trip to the stewards’ office.

F1’s governing body has taken a dim view on Steiner’s comments to the media ahead of this weekend’s Spanish GP.

The Haas team boss called into question the five-second penalty handed to Nico Hulkenberg for causing a collision with Williams’ Logan Sargeant on the opening lap of the race.

But Steiner alleged that there was no visible physical contact between the two cars as they entered Mirabeau side-by-side.

“I’m told that a collision is touching, but I’m still trying to find out,” said the Italian. “I’m still trying to get it explained because I think it was completely wrong.

“I was told in the video that you can see a collision, I looked at numerous pictures and I cannot see a collision.”

Steiner then suggested that it was time for Formula 1 to rely on full-time “professional stewards” in order to improve the consistency of the stewards’ calls.

“Every professional sport has got professionals being referees and stuff like this,” he said.

“F1 is one of the biggest sports in the world, and we still have laymen deciding on the fate of people who invest millions in their careers. And it’s always a discussion because there’s no consistency.

“I think we need to step it up. I think it’s now time. I think we’re discussing this for years and years and we always go back to this.”

Steiner’s comments did not go down well with the FIA which has summoned the Haas boss to the Spanish GP stewards in Barcelona.

The FIA has pointed to a series of potential offenses that may be levied upon Steiner.

They include “any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any Competition or to the interests of motor sport generally; “any words, deeds or writings that have caused moral injury or loss to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motorsport and on the values defended by the FIA”, and various “acts of misconduct”.

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FIA summons Steiner following criticism of Monaco GP stewards

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