2019 tire situation ‘not Formula 1’ – Steiner

Gunther Steiner and driver Romain Grosjean
Gunther Steiner and driver Romain Grosjean

(GMM) Gunther Steiner says the current tire situation is "not Formula 1".

Steiner is the boss of Haas, the American team that despite having a fast car is struggling desperately with Pirelli's new tires in the races.

"It's a question of who is fighting the most with it, and that's us," he told Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

"It's disappointing because we have a good car," Steiner said.

He said the sensitivity of Pirelli's tires this year are having too great an effect on the racing.

"We should not be constantly talking about whether a tire works. It's not interesting and it's not Formula 1 in my opinion," he said.

"'Did you get the tire working? Yes, I'm quick'. 'My tires didn't work, so I'm slow'," Steiner parodied.

"We spend millions and millions of dollars on these cars but if the tires are outside their window we cannot use them.

"Others make them work better, so we have to as well. And probably we will get it fixed. We were quick in testing and quick in Australia.

"But it's very serious. We know the cause and we must find out how to fix it," Steiner added.

"I don't just want to blame Pirelli. I also blame ourselves when others find better solutions. But basically we should not sit after a race and talk about whether the tires worked or not," he said.

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