If Ferrari’s patience with Fred Vasseur turns out to be short-lived, don’t expect to see Guenther Steiner handing in an application as he’s happy with Haas.
Steiner has been the man at the helm of Haas ever since the team joined the Formula 1 grid back in 2016, in fact he was already in the seat in early 2014 where he was instrumental in securing partnership with Ferrari and Dallara.
According to Autosport, he even interviewed every single one of the Haas recruits.
Haas F1’s journey has been a mixed bag with the team achieving a career high in 2018 when they finished P5 and a career low in 2021 when they didn’t score a single point and finished the championship bottom of the log.
Although they’ve yet to reach the podium with Romain Grosjean’s fourth place at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix still the team’s best result, Kevin Magnussen did record Haas’ first pole position at last year’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Throughout it all, accusations of copying Ferrari’s design, Grosjean’s fiery farewell and Mick Schumacher’s much-publicised exit, Steiner has been the man in charge.
But would he consider jumping ship if Ferrari, or even Mercedes, come knocking.
“I am very happy at Haas and have no ambitions to go anywhere else,” he told Bild. “I want to finish my job here, so I’m not even thinking about it at the moment.”
Never mind moving teams, Steiner isn’t even sure if he’ll be at Haas in five years time with the team boss saying he has “never” in his life had a five-year plan.
“Never have I ever made a five-year plan,” he said. “My long-term goal is to eventually quit. I’m not the youngest anymore either.”
At 58 years of age there are a few years, if not a decade, in Steiner with the soon-to-be-retired Franz Tost the oldest team boss at 67.
Earlier this year Steiner released a book ‘Surviving to Drive’ in which he gave readers an “unobstructed view of what really goes on behind the scenes” in a Formula 1 team.
It was, to borrow one of Steiner’s favoured words, a fokkin’ good read.