'Surprised' Haas F1 team to keep Rich Energy livery for British GP

'Surprised' Haas F1 team to keep Rich Energy livery for British GP

While Haas team principal Guenther Steiner stated he couldn't comment on the matter on Thursday ahead of the British Grand Prix, a statement from Rich Energy has been released performing a U-turn.

However, he admitted "it was a surprise" to see the claim from Rich Energy.

In a single freaky tweet, Rich Energy announced that the deal has been "terminated" in the days before the British grand prix. A ruling by the High Court allowed Whyte Bikes to lodge an injunction against Rich Energy to ensure it stopped using the logo, while also entitling Whyte to potential damages or a share of profits.

The judge in the case said Rich Energy boss William Storey was "not a credible or reliable witness".

"I don't want to put anybody in a hard situation".

Echoing Steiner's "I would like to tell you more", there is so much more we would like to tell you but can not for fear of the obvious litigation that would follow.

"We wholeheartedly believe in the Haas F1 Team, its performance, and the organisation as a whole and we are fully committed to the current sponsorship agreement in place".

"They will be on the vehicle this weekend, and then the rest we need to sort out going forward what we're doing".

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"I don't want to put anybody in a hard situation, but I can not say anything (more) about it", he told reporters.

Haas is enduring a hard season as its car's obvious one-lap speed is not translating into race pace.

Drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have failed to put up the kind of consistent points for the lone American team on the grid that many expected them to as an up-and-coming team in the sport's cramped midfield.

But, after finishing fifth in the constructors' championship a year ago, Haas have experienced a nightmare 2019, sitting second last in the standings, only being kept off the bottom by Williams who are yet to register a point.

"You can do without it but it's not like I'm up at night thinking about it", he said.

"That is our focus".

"It's part of the job", he said of the situation with Rich Energy.

"We all have things in our jobs we enjoy more and which we enjoy less".

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