Following last night's tweet from Rich Energy that claimed the company had ended its partnership with Haas, citing its poor performance and increasing Political Correctness within the sport (!?!), Steiner this morning issued a brief statement, again on social media, basically claiming that this was news to him.
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.
However Steiner was quick to admit that the long-term situation between Haas and Rich Energy is far from resolved.
The statement read: "The shareholders who own the majority of Rich Energy would like to clarify certain statements that have been circulated in the media from an unauthorised source". Haas nice people but the vehicle is going backwards.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said the Twitter announcement had come as a surprise but Rich Energy was "currently the title partner", and the branding would be staying on the race cars and transporters this weekend. "The commercial agreement doesn't let me talk any more about it and I don't want to".
"I would like to tell you more, I can not", he said, citing commercial confidentiality. "I don't want to put anyone in a hard situation but I can't say anything about it".
"It doesn't upset me it's just something I need to deal with next week and I will", Steiner added.Читайте также: Morgan lauds England's ODI revival after reaching Cricket World Cup final
"I don't want to put anybody in a hard situation".
Haas is enduring a hard season as its car's obvious one-lap speed is not translating into race pace.
Haas is ninth out of the 10 teams, albeit only six points behind sixth-placed Alfa Romeo.
Danish driver Kevin Magnussen finished behind George Russell's Williams at Spielberg after a drive-through penalty. "For me what is more important is to get the auto back where we want to be, and that is our focus".
Another Twitter commentator declared: "I can't believe what an utter joke you've made out of yourselves".
On Wednesday evening, a tweet from Rich Energy's official account said the team was pulling its title sponsorship deal.
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