Gunther Steiner out at Haas F1

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Haas F1 has chosen not to renew team boss Gunther Steiner’s contract with his departure effective immediately. The team have replaced Steiner with Ayao Komatsu as team boss.

It was also revealed that technical director Simone Resta has left the team as well. Team owner, Gene Haas, said he is embarrassed about the team’s performance.

“Ferrari has been very good to us,” Haas told the Formula 1 website. “They have been with us since day one, they build incredible engines. Their suspension is extremely good. We have been using a lot of their hardware.

“It works really well. They really do help us. I’m embarrassed that we haven’t been able to do better with it, but going forward, I want to take advantage of good equipment that a lot of other teams don’t have.

When asked about parting ways with Steiner, Gene said:

“It came down to performance,” he said. “Here we are in our eighth year, over 160 races – we have never had a podium. The last couple of years, we’ve been 10th or ninth.

“I’m not sitting here saying it’s Guenther’s fault, or anything like that, but it just seems like this was an appropriate time to make a change and try a different direction, because it doesn’t seem like continuing with what we had is really going to work.”

There seems to be a lot of shock online but if you’ve listened to our podcast, you know I have said I would have made this change in the last year or two. This is no shock to me as I mentioned it yet again in last week’s episode.

When a team is doing poorly, you don’t fire the entire team, you change the coach and try a different direction. That is exactly what Gene is doing. Gunther is a good guy but it is time for a change as I said back in 2022.

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