Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says the recent furlough implemented by the American outfit at its factory isn’t about “trying to hoard money” but to ensure its staff has a job in the future.
As a result of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on F1, Haas has temporarily laid off the majority of its workers at its Banbury base, electing to receive – like McLaren, Williams, Renault and Racing Point – the support of the UK government’s scheme that covers 80% of furloughed staff salaries.
Steiner says the process was inevitable for Haas and entails nothing “malicious”.
Haas to remain patient amid crisis, but not forever – Steiner
“You never take it well, but most of our people understand why we are doing it,” says Steiner, speaking to the official F1 website.
“This is not to cut them short, it’s to make sure they have a job in the future. There is nothing malicious, we’re not being cheap or trying to hoard money. We try to do the best we can.