In the fast-paced world of Formula One, where races span the globe, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner has recently underscored the enduring importance of European races to the sport, even in the face of its remarkable global expansion.
The allure of Formula One has experienced a remarkable surge in popularity in recent years, with a notable catalyst being Netflix’s acclaimed series “Drive to Survive.” This documentary-style show not only provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of the teams and drivers but also acted as a vehicle that propelled the sport into the American market, effectively widening its international reach.
As the F1 calendar continues to evolve, with new races making their way onto the schedule across various continents – including the exciting Miami and Las Vegas Grands Prix – Guenther Steiner’s voice resonates with a message that beckons fans to remain attuned to the significance of the European races. These events, steeped in history and tradition, hold a special place in the heart of Formula One, forming its foundation and serving as a testament to the sport’s origins.
Approaching the Italian Grand Prix weekend, which marks the culmination of the European races for the season, Steiner has elaborated on this perspective in the team preview. He eloquently conveys that while the sport’s horizons have expanded immensely, and its popularity has soared across different corners of the world, the European races remain intrinsic to the sport’s narrative. They are the crucible where the championship was forged, the proving ground where legendary rivalries were ignited, and the theatre where unforgettable moments have been etched into the annals of motorsport history.
Through Steiner’s perspective, it becomes evident that the European races are not just fixtures on the calendar; they represent a bridge between Formula One’s past and its future. They evoke a sense of nostalgia, reminding both participants and enthusiasts alike of the sport’s evolution and the remarkable journey it has undertaken.
In an era where Formula One transcends geographical boundaries, becoming a global spectacle, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner’s poignant reminder invites us to revere the European races not as mere events, but as touchstones that connect us to the sport’s essence. As we cheer for our favorite drivers hurtling around the circuits, let us also remember the storied tracks of Europe, where the sport’s soul was first woven into the asphalt.
“Formula 1 was born in Europe, so it’s very important and I think everyone knows the importance of it. We’ve got a big fan base here, one that’s followed the sport for a long time, as in other parts of the world.
“I think there will always be a home base, and that will be Europe. Obviously for this season, this is the last race in Europe before we go to Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, but I always think Europe will be very important for Formula 1.”
“Monza is one of our home circuits, I think we have quite a few now. Monza is always a place with such history and fans, it’s just a special place when you drive into the park and circuit, it’s always good to go there.
“We have a lot of team members in Italy at our Maranello base and for them it’s a good chance to see a race and see the team. It’s one of the good races throughout the year. I have good memories of getting a podium here with Eddie Irvine in 2002, so one day we’ll get a podium again.”