Steiner has no problems with Drive To Survive

Date published: March 20 2021 - Jon Wilde

Guenther Steiner

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner insists he has no problem with the way he is portrayed in Netflix F1 documentary series ‘Drive To Survive’.

The fly-on-the-wall show is into its third batch of episodes, which cover the 2020 season and are being aired now to get fans well and truly in the mood for the start of the new campaign.

Steiner has become a cult figure among viewers for his forthright personality, colourful language and interactions with his team’s drivers.

But as long as nothing is misrepresented, the Italian, who does not watch ‘Drive To Survive’, is happy to allow those making the programme to depict him however they see fit.

“We know filmmakers, they get the best they can out of it, that’s pretty clear,” Steiner told Motorsport.com.

“I don’t know how much was played up and therefore I’m not with those who are critical about it. I don’t know how they managed the stuff. That’s why I don’t have much of an opinion about it.

“It’s well known that film people always try to get the best possible out of it, so that the viewers enjoy watching it. We have to, and can live with that.

“As long as stories told there are not completely wrong. I didn’t hear that, actually, that it’s untrue. Maybe sensationalised a little bit, but otherwise I don’t think much is changed in principle, at least that’s how I understand it.”

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Due to restrictions in F1 caused by the health pandemic throughout 2020, the film crew from Netflix was required to embed itself within a particular team across a race weekend, bringing them closer to their subjects.

Steiner said the interaction with the crew was so seamless he often forgot they were filming him, becoming part of the wider team.

“They are just integrated into the team for the weekend,” confirmed Steiner.

“This year it’s a little different, it seems to me. Sometimes you have a microphone above you and you don’t even notice it. But otherwise you know exactly when you are filmed and when you are not.

“The only thing they sometimes do, you get a microphone so they have better audio. But you know exactly what they are doing – there’s no surprise there.

“They behave the way that you don’t even notice them after a while. They become part of your daily life. That’s why there aren’t really any problems. They are all super-nice people. They just do their job.”

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