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Haas boss has full confidence in FIA to fix F1's problems

Guenther Steiner has explained he had no recommendations to give the FIA President regarding Race Director Michael Masi.

Guenther Steiner says he has full confidence in the FIA to find ways to improve their own governance, as the governing body conduct a thorough investigation into the events of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With FIA Race Director Michael Masi making late-race decisions regarding the use of the Safety Car which had a direct impact on the outcome of the Drivers' World Championship, new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem promised a root-and-branch review of the encounter and the FIA's governance structure. On Friday, the FIA announced the setting up of a new working group with the intent of improving decision-making and governance within the organisation. Haas team boss Steiner explained that he had not taken the recent opportunity to make any recommendations to Ben Sulayem – all the teams and drivers had the chance to meet with the FIA President to discuss the matter in late January. "I've got enough on my plate with my company, to be honest," Steiner told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com . "I wouldn't like to go into the FIA to tell them what they should be doing, because I know that they are doing things, but I don't know the details, like contracts and stuff like this. "I honestly don't know their structure in there completely. We all know Michael Masi as Race Director, but I don't know what is underlying and how to make it better." With Haas revealing renders of their VF-22 on Friday as they prepare for the first pre-season test in Barcelona later this month, Steiner added he is simply focusing on his own workload and has confidence in the FIA. "I'm pretty busy with what I'm doing for Haas F1, so I'm not getting involved in [it]," he said. "I've got full confidence in the FIA that they will fix it, because everybody speaks about it. But these are questions more for the FIA than for me."

Steiner sure the FIA will come up with their own ideas

With Masi still in his position as Race Director as the 2022 F1 season slowly but surely comes into view, Steiner stated that he had not made any suggestions to Ben Sulayem regarding the Australian's position, but stopped short of publicly backing Masi. "I would say I didn't give a lot of recommendations to President Mohammed," Steiner commented. "We talked about [it] and I think there are private talks, and I don't want to go there. "But I know that they are diligently working on it, to make it... I wouldn't say better, that is the wrong word. "To make it mainly better for whoever is Race Director. It's a very difficult job, and I'm not here to protect Michael or anything. It is very difficult. I think that the sport has grown so much and some of the things have stayed behind. "But I'm sure they will come up with some ideas. When they present them, then we see what they are doing, but I didn't give them any recommendation what to do specifically. "We talked about the issues a little bit, we all know them. So I think the FIA is working diligently that we move [towards] a better future."

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