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Haas F1 Team Owner Gene Haas Addresses Concerns and Strategy Shift for 2024 Following Steiner’s Departure

Gene Haas, owner of Haas F1 Team, has voiced significant concerns ahead of the 2024 Formula 1 season, particularly regarding the team’s readiness for Bahrain pre-season testing. This follows the unexpected departure of long-serving team principal Guenther Steiner, signaling a major transition for the team.

Key Takeaways:

  • End of an Era at Haas: The departure of Guenther Steiner, pivotal in Haas F1 Team’s foundation and growth since its inception, signals a major shift. His strategic leadership since 2016 has been vital for the team’s achievements.
  • Steiner’s Legacy and Challenges Ahead: Steiner’s practical management style has been crucial for Haas’ success, making his departure a significant challenge. The team now faces the task of filling the void left by both Steiner and technical director Simone Resta.
  • Gene Haas’ Concerns: With the 2024 season looming and only five weeks until pre-season testing, Gene Haas is apprehensive about the team’s preparation and performance, highlighting the urgency for effective managerial and engineering strategies.

In a revealing interview with, Gene Haas discussed the rationale behind Steiner’s departure and his outlook for the upcoming season. He highlighted his primary concern:

“My biggest concern is when we go to Bahrain. We need to show up with a car that is ready to go. Maybe having more of a managerial-type and engineering approach – we’ll see if that has benefits.”

The choice of Ayao Komatsu as the new team principal is a strategic move by Haas, reflecting a shift towards a more engineering-centric leadership. In the announcement of Steiner’s departure, Haas expressed his gratitude towards Steiner for his decade-long service and underscored the team’s need for improved on-track performances.

Haas emphasized the importance of strengthening the team’s design and engineering capabilities, vital for achieving consistent results and meeting broader organizational goals. He said:

“I’d like to start by extending my thanks to Guenther Steiner for all his hard work over the past decade and I wish him well for the future. Moving forward as an organization it was clear we need to improve our on-track performances. In appointing Ayao Komatsu as Team Principal we fundamentally have engineering at the heart of our management. We have had some successes, but we need to be consistent in delivering results that help us reach our wider goals as an organization. We need to be efficient with the resources we have but improving our design and engineering capability is key to our success as a team. I’m looking forward to working with Ayao and fundamentally ensuring that we maximize our potential – this truly reflects my desire to compete properly in Formula 1.”

This transition represents a pivotal moment for Haas F1 Team as they navigate the challenges ahead and strive for success in the fiercely competitive world of Formula 1 racing.

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