After it was saved from administration, the team had to race under a new entry as the purchase from its previous owners didn't include the race entry. It was believed that all other nine teams on the grid had signed to allow the new Force India team to inherit its predecessor's prize money.
'Column 1' payments are distributed evenly among all manufacturers, however a team must finish inside the top 10 in two out of three consecutive seasons to receive it. Haas has taken objection to the new Force India team receiving the money, as it is effectively a brand new outfit.
“With the new licence, we didn’t sign for that,” Steiner said when questioned by RaceFans.net. “We still need to understand why it should be different. Not signing doesn’t mean that you are right," the Italian added.
“What you need to understand is with the new licence, why would there be a reason not to be treated like a new licence?” he said. “That is what we need to understand. We cannot explain it to ourselves, somebody has to explain it to us, and that hasn’t happened yet.”
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