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Guenther Steiner Reflects Calmly on Departure from Haas F1 Amidst Performance Struggles

In a revealing interview with Autosport, former Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has openly discussed his departure, showing a relaxed demeanor about the decision. This move follows Haas F1’s disappointing performance, as indicated by team owner Gene Haas’ recent comments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leadership Change: Guenther Steiner’s departure from the Haas F1 team marks a significant shift in the team’s leadership. This follows Gene Haas’ candid remarks on the team’s unsatisfactory results and his decision for a change in command.
  • Struggling Performance Record: Haas F1 has faced ongoing challenges, underscored by their last-place finish in the 2023 constructors’ championship and lack of podiums in over 160 races. These factors contributed heavily to the decision for a leadership reshuffle.
  • Need for a New Approach: While Gene Haas respects Steiner’s contributions, he emphasized the necessity for improved results. The team’s disappointing performance has catalyzed the pursuit of a new strategy and direction.

In an exclusive interview with Autosport, Guenther Steiner provided insights into his calm reaction to leaving Haas F1. He remarked, “In the end, the contract was up and for me it’s like it always was: ‘if it doesn’t work, just let me know’. I’m not hung on anything. Gene Haas owns the team and obviously has got the right to decide what he wants to do. Simple as this. If he doesn’t want me around, I’m not [around]. That’s alright, let’s move on. I’m not running and in a rush for the next job – I’m chilled.”

Under Steiner’s tenure, the Haas F1 team experienced various challenges, particularly during the 2023 season. Despite these efforts, the team struggled to make a significant impact on the track. Reflecting on the team’s history, Gene Haas highlighted the absence of podium finishes and the need for a directional shift. In a conversation with, Haas stated, “It came down to performance. Here we are in our eighth year, over 160 races – we have never had a podium. The last couple of years, we’ve been 10th or ninth. I’m not sitting here saying it’s Guenther’s fault, but it just seems like this was an appropriate time to make a change and try a different direction, because it doesn’t seem like continuing with what we had is really going to work. I like Guenther, he’s a really nice person, a really good personality. We had a tough end to the year. I don’t understand that, I really don’t. Those are good questions to ask Guenther, what went wrong. At the end of the day, it’s about performance. I have no interest in being 10th anymore.”

The exit of Guenther Steiner signals a new chapter for Haas F1, as they endeavor to revitalize their competitive edge and climb the rankings in the challenging world of Formula 1 racing.

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