Haas' title sponsor asserts commitment to team after 'rogue' tweet

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2019

After the original tweet was sent he told the Sun newspaper that he considered Haas vehicle to be a "milk float" that was damaging the Rich Energy brand.

While Haas team principal Guenther Steiner stated he couldn't comment on the matter on Thursday ahead of the British Grand Prix, a statement from Rich Energy has been released performing a U-turn.

And coming off perhaps their worst showing of 2019 in Austria, Rich Energy - a UK-based energy drink company and the team's title sponsor - tweeted they have terminated their contract with the team.

Since then, some sections of the media have claimed that a number of investors in Rich Energy are attempting to save the partnership with Hass.

"They will be on the auto this weekend, and then the rest we need to sort out going forward what we're doing".

Haas's motorhome and team gear is still adorned with Rich Energy branding and Steiner said it will remain on the vehicle as well. But I can not say anything about it.

"I would like to tell you more, I can not", he said, citing commercial confidentiality. The commercial agreement doesn't let me talk any more about it.

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"I don't want to put anybody in a hard situation".

Haas now sit in ninth place in the constructor standings out of 10 teams through nine races with just 16 points after a season during which they finished in a team-high fifth in the standings with 93 points, the most since they arrived in Formula 1 in the 2016 season.

They basically called the team trash on Twitter and said "we're done with you".

"It doesn't upset me it's just something I need to deal with next week and I will", Steiner added.

Danish driver Kevin Magnussen qualified fifth in Austria, the race before Silverstone, but finished 19th after a grid drop and drive-through penalty.

"It's important, but at this moment in time, it's part of the job and you need to deal with it", he said. "We can do without it but it's not like I'm staying up at night thinking about it. We get on with our job". "For me what is more important is to get the vehicle back where we want to be, and that is our focus".

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