Haas gets in the way of Steiner

Henry

Achievement, or at least the lack thereof, is probably the reason why Haas and Guenther Steiner parted ways.

Steiner, the 58-year-old Italian, has held the reins as team boss for the past ten years and under his supervision, Haas has achieved a series of Grand Prix highlights.

Among other things, the F1 team scored points in its debut race, standing at the very front of the starting grid and finishing fifth in the manufacturers’ standings.

But things did not go to plan last year and Haas enjoyed wooden spoon status among the manufacturers, while they also struggled with their sustained speed on a race day.

Now, after discussions between Steiner and team owner Gene Haas, it has been decided that Steiner must leave his position. The decision is effective immediately and his shoes will be filled by Ayao Komatsu.

According to the 71-year-old Haas, it is “obvious” that the team needs to pay attention to their performances on the racetrack – something they can seemingly do better without Steiner’s input.

“We have tasted success in the past, but we simply need to come up with more consistent performances to achieve our goals,” said the American.

For his part, Steiner regrets that he is no longer part of the racing team’s future plans.

“It is disappointing and sad that I am no longer part of the team’s path forward, but I wish them all the best. If there is one team that deserves success for you right now, it’s Haas,” he shared on social media.

Steiner added that he will always support Haas.

In addition to his duties as team leader, the colorful Steiner also has popularity on Netflix’s Drive to Survive enjoy.

His outspokenness and his explosive nature made him a hit with the series’ viewers and he sometimes attracted more attention than the racers.

He also had a special word of thanks ready for Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher and Nico Hulkenberg.

“Just as I will never forget the accidents and the spinning tires, I will never forget the points and spectacular performances. It’s been a roller coaster ride, but I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Yet he has complained about the young Schumacher’s performances in the past.

“I think Mick has a lot of potential, but he costs us a fortune. He has already written off a few racing cars and we have to take out money that we don’t have. Now, if your name is Max Verstappen and you regularly score points for your team, we can handle another accident or two. But if you stand at the back of the line and write off cars, then things start to get difficult,” he said at the time.