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Rich Energy logos to remain on Haas cars

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11/07/2019

As if Guenther Steiner doesn't have enough to worry about, what with his team's ongoing issues with anything that involves running more than one lap at a competitive speed, the Italian now has to worry about his title sponsor.

Following last night's tweet from Rich Energy that claimed the company had ended its partnership with Haas, citing its poor performance and increasing Political Correctness within the sport (!?!), Steiner this morning issued a brief statement, again on social media, basically claiming that this was news to him.

Since then, some sections of the media have claimed that a number of investors in Rich Energy are attempting to save the partnership with Hass.

In a follow-up to his original comment, Steiner insists that the Rich Energy logos will remain on the Haas cars for the British Grand Prix weekend.

"I would like to tell you more, I hope you respect that," said the Italian. "I don't want to put anyone in a difficult situation but I can't say anything about it.

"They will be on the car this weekend," he said of the logos, "and the rest, we will sort out as we go forward. The commercial agreement doesn't let me talk any more about it.

"It's part of the job," he said of the situation with Rich Energy. "We can do without it but it's not like I'm staying up at night thinking about it. We get on with our job and it's more important to get the job back to where we want to be. That is our focus. We all have parts of our jobs that we enjoy more and enjoy less. It doesn't upset me, it's just something that we have to deal with, and I will next week."

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

That said, extremely well-placed sources told us several weeks ago that there was an issue and that it concerned certain investors in Rich Energy. Indeed, we were told that one 'investor' was seeking funding in a bid to buy out some of their co-investors.

And if we told you who had been approached for this funding you wouldn’t believe us… we could barely believe it ourselves.

It's a strange, almost unbelievable tale, which in recent weeks has featured a few additional twists, yet still in keeping with the enigma that is Rich Energy.

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1. Posted by meatball, 12/07/2019 20:01

"with this many twists, innuendo and misdirection - my money is on M. Knight Shyamalan. "

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2. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 12/07/2019 9:48

"William Storey has tweeted "The ludicrous statement by minority shareholders cosy with Red Bull and Whyte Bikes is risible" so would suggest Dietrich Mateschitz was approached for funding."

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3. Posted by Batman, 11/07/2019 20:48

"Com'on guys, more names. Bernie, Marko and Boris, we can at least say, is a promising start. Mateschitz? Flavio? Amazing. Keep going, guys!"

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4. Posted by Lapps, 11/07/2019 20:45

"Nah! If it was Flav one of the Haas cars would be crashing and the other one winning!"

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5. Posted by @R1Racing71, 11/07/2019 15:36

"Oh it's probably Flav…..."

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6. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 11/07/2019 15:18

"Dietrich Mateschitz for funding?"

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7. Posted by Lapps, 11/07/2019 15:17

"My vote is for Bernie. But other than the Red Bull Crew, the richest individual in F1 is Toto!"

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8. Posted by @R1Racing71, 11/07/2019 15:09

"Now I really am intrigued in terms of who has been approached for financing:
I’ve narrowed it down to 1 of the possible 3:

A: Bernie (you may as well)
B: Dr Marko (at least he can sack everyone)
C: Boris Johnson (Don’t laugh, he’d fit right in!)
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