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Guenther Steiner Formula 1 Break

Steiner Pauses F1 Career for New Beginnings

05/03/2024

Gunther Steiner, ex-Haas F1 chief, takes a break from team management for a fresh perspective.

The former Haas F1 team principal, dismissed earlier in the year, admits to clashing with team owner Gene Haas over the team’s future direction.

“It was a relief. I wasn’t even shocked when Gene told me,” he shares today.

“An end like that often leads to a step forward and opens new doors. My view of Formula 1 has changed now with this TV consultant role because I’m not just looking at one team.”

Steiner, 58, whose popularity and profile have surged largely thanks to the Netflix series Drive To Survive, acknowledges he still receives job offers.

He has already taken up TV roles with RTL (Germany) and Canal Plus (France) for numerous Grands Prix, and he will be on Network 10, the Australian channel covering F1, for the Melbourne GP.

“I get a lot of calls, especially from the media,” says Steiner. “I make sure not to say yes or no right away. I’d like to take some time to really think about what I want to do next.”

“It was an exception with RTL because I had to make a quick decision, but since the team was already in place, it was easy for me.”

“What I don’t want is to accept offers from the motorsport world at the moment. I don’t want a role in a F1 team right now.”

“I want to slow down a bit, kind of like a sabbatical. The last ten years have been crazy. My main focus right now is my family.”

However, what he rules out is taking on a role in motorsports outside of Formula 1.

“No, if I accept something it will be in Formula 1. I know Formula 1 better, otherwise I’d have to start over. But for now, I’m not thinking about it.”

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