Motorsport.com revealed final week that Haas had rejected a request from its former title sponsor, Uralkali, for compensation of funds after its contract was terminated within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Uralkali was looking for compensation of $13 million from Haas, however the workforce is now itself chasing greater than $8 million as compensation for lack of income from the sponsor whose proprietor, Dmitry Mazepin, has hyperlinks to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Haas F1 chief Steiner shied away from commenting on the matter, saying he needed to respect the confidentiality of the continued authorized course of.
Having beforehand mentioned there was good curiosity from new potential sponsors to assist make up for the monetary hole left by Uralkali, Steiner made clear it will not look to hurry into a brand new main deal.
“There’s lots of motion, however we do not need to soar instantly onto the subsequent one,” Steiner mentioned.
“We need to take our time, do our due diligence, make a very good determination. We’re in a protected place in the intervening time.
“There’s no level to hurry something that we perhaps remorse in six months’ time.”
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Previous to splitting with Uralkali after only one season, Haas endured a rocky interval in 2019 when Wealthy Power served as its title sponsor.
The deal was in the end terminated after 14 races, weeks after former Wealthy Power CEO William Storey introduced on Twitter the contract had been cancelled as a result of “poor efficiency”.
Requested if the controversy surrounding Uralkali and Wealthy Power prompted extra warning shifting ahead, Steiner replied: “Clearly we dwell and be taught.”
Steiner felt that if curiosity from a possible main sponsor was severe sufficient, there can be no have to rush into any settlement, giving extra time for due diligence to be accomplished.
He additionally defined that it was not solely all the way down to the monetary figures concerned to strike a sponsorship deal.
“We’re ready for the very best package deal, it’s a mix of issues,” Steiner mentioned.
“It’s the very best supply, the very best sponsor, and simply not doing one thing [where you] perhaps take a deal at the moment that you just discover out in six months you shouldn’t have achieved that.
“Generally it’s a lure of you must do it in two weeks to prepare and all that. It’s typically higher to take a seat again and say let’s discuss with these folks appropriately. As a result of if someone remains to be ready, they will wait three or six months. It’s not a rush.
“If the deal we expect just isn’t ok going ahead, we don’t need to do a deal this yr. It’s not a should. We introduced once more a smaller sponsor at the moment.
“There’s stuff coming in, nevertheless it needs to be proper.”