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Many Questions Still to be Answered over New Force India Entry – Steiner

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Esteban Ocon - Racing Point Force India F1 Team - Spa-Francorchamps
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Guenther Steiner says the situation surrounding the Sahara Force India F1 Team turning into the Racing Point Force India F1 Team and becoming a new entry into Formula 1 still needs some clarification.

The Lawrence Stroll-led consortium assumed control of the Silverstone-based outfit during the summer break and were given permission by Formula 1 bosses to race this weekend under their new name and ownership, but Steiner, the team principal of the Haas F1 Team, says there are plenty of unanswered questions that will need to be responded to by the likes of Formula One Management (FOM) before the whole situation can be considered closed.

“Is it sorted? For this weekend, absolutely. I think it is the right thing to let them race here,” said Steiner to Motorsport.com.  “But there are a lot of open questions which need to be answered before I would consider it to be closed or sorted.

“FOM needs to explain what it has done.  We have a contract where it is written what is possible or not, and in due course they will explain how they will sort it and how it will work going forward.”

Despite Force India having been ‘vocal’ against Haas in the past, there was never any hesitation about helping them survive in Formula 1, but Steiner says the long-term problem is still unclear.

“That doesn’t come into it in this game, that is a different one I think,” said Steiner. “That is racing at the time. Even this year they have been vocal about us.

“It is more like we just have to understand what actually was done, or what will be done. We fixed the short-term problem that they race here, but how everything else is working I don’t have a clear picture.”

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