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ANALYSIS: The key reasons behind Guenther Steiner’s shock Haas departure

F1 Correspondent & Presenter

Lawrence Barretto
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 28: Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner walks in the Paddock

2024 was just days old when news broke that Guenther Steiner – the unlikely star of Netflix’s F1 docuseries Drive to Survive – had parted ways with the Haas team he helped build from scratch and entered into Formula 1 in 2016, with Ayao Komatsu promoted to the role.

In one way, it might come as a shock. After all, Steiner has fought tooth-and-nail to not just keep the team going but try and make it consistently competitive with the smallest budget on the grid. It’s become his baby.


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