Steiner was removed from his role as team principal of Haas by the owner, Gene Haas, just before the start of 2024.
While the Mercedes F1 director confirmed a new three-year contract to remain in his position, the Austrian took the time to discuss Steiner’s case.
Speaking in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetto dello Sport, Wolff said he felt Steiner’s personality shine through over the last decade – especially with the popularity of the Netflix TV show Drive to Survive, which made Steiner a star.
“For F1, it’s a loss,” he stated.
“Günther is a character who became very popular and brought incredible visibility to his team and the Haas brand compared to the results.”
“He makes you smile with the Netflix phenomenon, but he is a great personality, and he will be missed.”
However, Wolff had openly criticized the treatment of Mick Schumacher by Steiner, with the German losing his F1 seat at the end of 2022. Mercedes F1 subsequently recruited Schumacher as a reserve driver.
“I can complain about the way he treated Mick, who is dear to me, when he ousted him. But one cannot say that Günther is not sincere and honest. And that is not a common thing in F1.”
Toto Wolff Pays Tribute to Günther Steiner’s F1 Leadership. Toto Wolff Pays Tribute to Günther Steiner’s F1 Leadership
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