The British Grand Prix began with a strange situation around Haas and its title sponsor, the company Rich Energy. Before one day to the start of the race weekend the energy drinks company tweeted the post about a termination contract with the team for poor performance.
However, Haas principle Gunter Steiner refused to comment on the situation and said that the team is focused on working on the track. But that was only the beginning.
The performance of the Haas drivers at Silverstone wasn’t impressive. During free practices and qualifying Kevin Magnussen and Roman Grosjean were among the last. And Sunday's race didn’t last long for Kevin and Roman, only 10 laps. Due to the collision with each other, the teammates had to retire.
"I picked up the rear right puncture. After the pit-stop the damage to the car, on the floor, the brake ducts and so on, it was too much to be able to carry on racing. We had to retire the car unfortunately," – Romain said after the DNF.
"It’s a real shame. We wanted to evaluate both packages on the cars today. My car felt really good on the way to the grid, I was encouraged by those laps, and was hoping for a good race."
Gunter Steiner in his classic style commented on the disappointing results of the weekend:
"It was a very disappointing race for us. I’m just stating the obvious here. The best that our drivers could bring to the battle was a shovel – to dig the hole we’re in even deeper. We need to go back, regroup, and see what we do in future."
Just a few hours after the end of the race, Haas made a request for compensation from Rich Energy for early termination of the contract by the company. According to the official statement, December 1, 2022 is the first date when Rich Energy could terminate the agreement. Therefore, Haas has the right to demand compensation from Rich Energy in the amount of $ 7.5 million. And $ 17.5 million for 2020 and $ 18.8 million for 2021. Rich Energy has two weeks to pay compensation, otherwise the team can file a lawsuit against them.
The full statement is below:
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