Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has demanded F1 “refines” the rules after Red Bull’s budget cap penalty. Steiner admitted the governing body needed to “work on that regulation” and tweak penalties after Red Bull breached the cap.
The Haas boss made the comments when asked if F1’s new regulations have worked well. The budget cap was introduced for the first time last year in a bid to improve the show on track.
Steiner said: “I think financial worked. The teams are closer together, all the teams have scored points this year. There are two battles going on still, at the end of the season, when the World Championship has been decided, between fourth and fifth and eighth and ninth at the moment.
“So I think on that side, it worked. Obviously, as we saw, with the breach of the budget cap, we need to do some refinement, work on that regulation, penalties and so on but it’s a completely new concept and we can’t expect it to be too perfect the first time.”
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McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl also weighed in on the issue in Sao Paulo, claiming that the full effect of the budget cap may not be seen for a few seasons. He explained: “I think it was a very good starting point for these new technical, sporting and financial regulations.
“And I think now with time and with the budget cap, especially, let’s say the effect of it washing out over the next few years, I think it will get even better.”