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Steiner on Haas F1 Team departure: It stung!

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Guenther Steiner admitted he was “stung” by not having the chance to say a proper farewell to the Haas Formula 1 team after being told by phone last month that his contract as principal was not being renewed.

Haas announced the shock departure of the 58-year-old Italian, an accidental cult hero of the Netflix docu-series ‘Drive to Survive’, last Wednesday.

Speaking for the first time since the shock split, Steiner told an audience at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham on Saturday: “I didn’t have the chance to say thank you to a few people when I left Haas F1. I would just like to thank all the team members who I couldn’t give a proper goodbye to when I left,”

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“It stung! But they all know me and they all know that I appreciate what they did. It’s always best to say it to them, it would be nice to say: Hey guys, thanks for what you did for the team.”

In the wake of being replaced by Japanese engineer Ayao Komatsu, Steiner said he received ‘the’ call from team owner Gene Haas between Christmas and the New Year. For now, he suggested he would be in no rush to return to the F1 paddock.

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“If there’s something interesting that challenges me, yes, but just looking for a job just to stay in F1, maybe that’s not what I want,” said Steiner.

Gene Haas said earlier in the week that Steiner’s departure from the team that finished last overall in 2023 all came down to performance.

Steiner indicated however that the team’s outsourced business model, taking as much from engine-partner Ferrari as the rules allow and spending a lot less than rivals, might have had its day: “Everybody is getting stronger, investing a lot in the future because Formula 1. I think is on a very good path with where it is going at the moment and that’s what is needed to stay competitive.

“On the other side, I see where other people are going and the model we started with at the beginning I think was a very good model. But maybe it’s not time-relevant any more,” added Steiner, who led Haas F1 Team since their debut in the top flight a decade ago. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)

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