Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has thrown support behind the FIA after Haas counterpart Guenther Steiner was warned for comments made about race stewarding in F1.
Steiner was unhappy with a penalty handed to Nico Hulkenberg at the Monaco Grand Prix and was subsequently handed a reprimand having been found in breach of the FIA International Sporting Code.
The Italian said: "We need a different system for stewards," Steiner told media, including RacingNews365.com in his press briefing on Thursday, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
"Every professional sport has professionals being referees and stuff like this. F1 is one of the biggest sports in the world, and we still have laymen deciding on the fate of people which invest millions into their careers.
“And it’s always a discussion because there’s no consistency.”
But Steiner later offered an apology for the terminology used in his scathing criticism having been given his warning.
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'I never had my doubts in the system'
Wolff experienced a cool relationship with race control and the stewards during the 2021 season but speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com, he insisted: "I never had my doubts in the system, I had my doubts in individuals.
"As a steward and a race director, you are under immense pressure to do the right things and probably every decision is going to have someone that likes it and the other one doesn't.
"So I think they're just trying the best they can, and we need to support the FIA where we can."