In practice, Romain Grosjean’s car sustained a reported $650,000 in damage when a drain cover came loose on the Sepang circuit.
An invoice made out to Sepang boss Razlan Razali did the rounds on the internet, but it turned out to be a fake.
“It is purely a malicious attempt by certain parties to somehow disrupt the finale of the Malaysian grand prix this year,” Razali said.
But Steiner has confirmed that Haas is indeed pushing Sepang to pay the bill.
“We can’t simply say ‘Ok, we lose three quarters of a million dollars because someone forgot to do some welding,” he is quoted by the Spanish daily Marca.
“We paid to come to Malaysia — everyone pays. We have talked about it and they were professional,” Steiner added.
“They have insurance, so let’s see what we can do.”
F1 broadcaster James Allen tweeted a few days ago that damage estimates were between $700,000 and $1 million, and Autosport reports that the latest estimate is around £500,000. That’s $662,063 at current exchange rates.