The 58-year-old became almost the face of the team for his personality – which came across incredibly strongly in Netflix’s documentary series Drive to Survive – as well as his exciting plan for the team, which helped them comfortably continue to operate in the midfield.
Speaking with Auto Motorsport, Steiner hit back at his former boss Gene Haas, as he believed that the team’s failure was down to his unwillingness to change the model of preserving their budget under the new cost cap.
While teams around them changed their infrastructure, Haas did not, and this ultimately left them operating below the budget cap and created a conflict of interest between Steiner and the team’s hierarchy.
"I wanted to invest in the team, he didn't,” said the Italian.
“We simply had different views on how things should proceed.
"The way the team was set up, you couldn't ask for much more. This is not a criticism of the team, but the reality. The budget cap has completely changed Formula 1. Old structures no longer work.
“McLaren, Williams, Alpha Tauri have been investing for two years in the infrastructure so that they have more budget for the operational business. If you don't follow suit, you can't expect to be able to keep up."
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