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Steiner claims he knew Haas would have a stronger car for 2024

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Guenther Steiner said he was not surprised by his former team’s stronger-than-expected start to the Formula 1 season and suggested the Haas F1 Team had deliberately talked down their prospects.

New Haas F1 boss Ayao Komatsu, who succeeded Steiner, warned before the Bahrain season-opener on 2 March that the U.S.-owned F1 team, who finished last of the 10 teams overall in 2023, were likely to be running near the back of the field initially.

Kevin Magnussen was 12th in that race before teammate Nico Hulkenberg finished 10th in Saudi Arabia. Both drivers were then in the points with ninth and 10th places in Australia last Sunday.

“The team and [former technical director] Simone Resta, they did a good job because the car was done last year. It was done before I left,” Steiner told a video call on Wednesday after being announced as an ambassador for May’s Miami Grand Prix.

Steiner, who was replaced as team principal of Haas in January, added: “I actually had it right, where they ended up to be because I knew the numbers from the wind tunnel where the team should end up.

“I think at the beginning they played it down to have an excuse for it to start off with, and then it was better than they expected. That is for me wrong to do,” said Steiner, who was back in the paddock in Melbourne and conducted the interviews with the top three race finishers.

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The Italian added he had no hard feelings towards Gene Haas and the team: “I know the technical people in Italy they did a good job last year, they worked very hard to produce the car that’s running now. Only time will tell what’s happening in the future.”

Steiner has also worked with F1 television after becoming something of an unlikely cult hero through his blunt, often expletive-laden appearances on the Netflix docu-series ‘Drive to Survive’.

The Italian assured fans of the series that he would still be a continuing presence: “I’m working with them (Netflix), how much they (use) I never know. Maybe now I’m the most boring guy ever and they don’t bring anything.

“They are still filming, they did quite a lot with me, my new jobs. They will keep on filming but I don’t know how much it will make,” reckoned Steiner, referring to how much of a role he will play in the series.

Steiner has had a long career in motorsports, starting as a rally mechanic in the mid-eighties and working his way to the top of rally teams such as Prodrive and M-Sport. His first job in F1 was as Jaguar in 2001 until 2003.

A spell at Red Bull followed from 2005 until 2008. Steainer reappeared again in the F1 paddock in 2014 to lead Gene Haas F1 dream for a decade. Until he departed, before the 2024 F1 season began.(Reporting by Alan Baldwin)