Gene Haas has explained his reasoning for removing Guenther Steiner as team principal of his F1 operation, admitting that the team's failure to ever achieve a podium finish under the Italian-American played a part.
Steiner was, until this week, the only team principal in Haas history (or Hasstory, as someone should probably start saying), overseeing the first eight seasons of the team's existence.
While Haas finished plum last in the constructors' standings in 2023, it was widely expected that Steiner would retain his position.
"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.
“I like Guenther, he’s a really nice person, a really good personality,” Haas continued.
“We had a tough end to the year. I don’t understand that, I really don’t. Those are good questions to ask Guenther, what went wrong. At the end of the day, it’s about performance. I have no interest in being 10th anymore.”
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