Haas boss Steiner: F1 should never have been so economically fragile

Steiner fears pandemic showed fragility of F1 (2:23)

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes Formula 1 is still in its recovery phase from the global pandemic. (2:23)

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the measures Formula One has taken steps to future-proof itself during the coronavirus pandemic has exposed just how financially flawed its model has been.

F1 will introduce a $145 million budget cap for 2021 and a sliding development scale that will give the team finishing 10th in the championship the most car time in the wind tunnel the next season, with the champions getting the least. It has also been forced to push back its complete overhaul of the current cars from 2021 to 2022 to ensure teams were not pumping money into another project immediately after the pandemic.

The measures have been to ease the financial burden on F1's teams, including Haas, the grid's newest team and its smallest outfit. Steiner has been a long-time advocate of such changes but says it should not have taken a global pandemic to get the current solutions.

Speaking on the latest episode of the ESPN F1 Podcast, Steiner said: "With hindsight, it's like, why did it take a pandemic to come to this conclusion?

If you think about it, we are all reasonably intelligent people I would say and we should have got this compromise before we are put in a corner."

He added: "I personally never experienced something like this [in my racing career]. What I got aware [of] is how fragile we are.

"It's not a small thing, it's a pandemic, but economically we should not be in this position that we are this fragile as an industry. We don't go racing for three months and we are on the verge of collapsing, which is amazing."

In the wide-ranging interview, Steiner opens up on the new rule changes and the season-opening double-header at Austria's Red Bull Ring. The first of those races, the Austrian Grand Prix, takes place on July 5.

Listen to the full episode here.