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FIA stewards’ verdict on Steiner delayed until Sunday

by Scott Mitchell-Malm
1 min read

The verdict of a hearing into Guenther Steiner’s comments about FIA stewarding has been delayed until Sunday morning at Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Steiner was called to the stewards on Saturday at Barcelona between final practice and qualifying for a hearing into critical comments he made regarding FIA stewards, having called for them to be full-time professionals.

It is the latest instance of Haas feeling aggrieved by officials’ decision-making and was sparked by a penalty given to Nico Hulkenberg in Monaco last week.

Steiner is alleged to have breached three parts of the FIA’s International Sporting Code: acting “prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motorsport generally”, causing “moral injury or loss to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motorsport and on the values defended by the FIA”, and “misconduct towards” officials.

The stewards met with Steiner at 2.30pm local time at the Barcelona circuit but have opted not to communicate a decision before Sunday morning.

It is believed they want more time to complete the process properly without it impacting anything qualifying-related given the session is imminent.

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