Steiner: 'F1 only creating problems with knee-jerk reactions'

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Haas team boss Guenther Steiner believes Formula 1 is creating more problems than benefits for itself when it fails to take the time to properly consider changes.

In Melbourne, the opening round of the world championship underlined once again the issue of overtaking in F1, with only five passes recorded at the Australian event.

As there isn't much that can be done to the cars this season to improve overtaking, the FIA has centered its efforts on potentially tweaking or adding DRS zones at several venues this year.

However, in a bid to improve the overtaking conundrum, the sport's management debated the issue with the teams in Bahrain last weekend, with a bigger rear wing flap and a simplified front wing design among the proposals put to consideration.

Steiner was among those - a majority apparently - who were underwhelmed by the ideas suggested by the FIA last weekend.

"When we make decisions to implement them quickly, we’ve always created more problems than benefits," Steiner said.

"So, let’s study them properly, let’s think about it, and then do something or do nothing.

"I would like to see at least four races under our belt, because we shouldn’t jump to a conclusion after the early races of the season.

"Working to make the cars more overtaking friendly – it’s a good idea, but also we should avoid knee-jerk reactions."

The Haas boss insisted however that he would support any changes to promote closer racing if they are supported by compelling evidence. But changes on a whim must not happen, he says.

"I think if it is done with plenty of notice to change aerodynamic devices, I’m okay with that," he said.

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