Steiner would’ve ‘f***ed’ whole paddock for points

Jamie Woodhouse
Guenther Steiner, Haas principal, smiling. Bahrain March 2022.

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner laughing and wearing sunglasses. Bahrain March 2022.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner said jokingly, thankfully, that he would have slept with the whole paddock for points in 2021.

After deciding to focus fully on the new 2022 regulations in a bid to move up the grid, Haas were prepared for a tough 2021 campaign.

That is exactly how it turned out, with the American outfit spending the season largely squabbling amongst themselves at the back, failing to score a point.

Fortunately, it has turned out to be an inspired choice, since Kevin Magnussen has started the campaign with P5 and P9 finishes.

But for a point last season when the times were tough, Steiner made a joke about how far he would have gone.

Kevin Magnussen drives round a corner during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. March 2022
Haas' Kevin Magnussen navigates his car around a corner during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Saudi Arabia, March 2022.

Asked if P9 for Magnussen at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a disappointing result, considering how an early Safety Car period had worked against the Dane, Steiner told Speed City Broadcasting: “It is always disappointing, you always want the maximum but if you think about it, you cannot be too greedy.

“Last year, for two points, I would have f**ked the whole paddock. It’s a good place to be.

“The biggest issue was that we started on a different strategy like two other cars and the Safety Car came out at the wrong time for us, at the most inconvenient time.

“But on the other side, you could see three cars dropped out in front of us so we are lucky with that one.

“But I think if the strategy had have worked out and the Safety Car wouldn’t have come out, we could have been seventh.”

 

Haas had only one car taking the start in Saudi Arabia, since Mick Schumacher missed out following his heavy shunt during qualifying.

Schumacher thankfully escaped injury and felt fit to race, but Haas had concerns over their spare parts and so instead will put two VF-22s back on the track at the upcoming Australian Grand Prix.

“He will be perfectly fine to race in Melbourne,” said Steiner of Schumacher.

“The car will be ready and he will be ready as well so I don’t see an issue with it.”

 

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