Guenther Steiner, the potty-mouthed team principal of Haas F1 team, became a fan favourite after his starring role in the first series of Netflix ’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
Fans of the sport loved his straight – and often foul-mouthed – soundbites, including saying his team “looked like a bunch of f****** w*****s” after a pit stop disaster and telling his drivers to "focus on driving, not f****** whinge. F****** hell".
Those who enjoyed season one will be delighted to know that Steiner is back and remains on top form.
Haas endured their most challenging F1 season yet in 2019. After finishing fifth in the constructors’ championship the year before, expectations were high.
A new title sponsor, Rich Energy, was signed up, and things got off to an encouraging start with Kevin Magnussen coming home sixth in the first race in Australia.
However, that was as good as things got for the team in 2019. They struggled with a series of car problems, leaving both drivers complaining regularly during races.
On top of that their multi-year contract with Rich Energy was terminated before the end of the season.
But the team’s nadir was at the 2019 British Grand Prix where Magnussen and teammate Romain Grosjean collided with each other on the opening lap, forcing both drivers out of the race.
Afterwards an apoplectic Guenther Steiner summoned them both to his office for a dressing down. While Netflix didn’t capture the meeting on camera, a microphone on Haas’ team boss recorded every word of his rant which showed how tempted he was to axe both drivers.
Guenther Steiner's rant in full
“I’ve f****** had enough of both of you. You let the f****** team down, me down, which I protected you all the time. I’m not f****** going into who is right and who is wrong, because I don’t want to hear ‘he moved, he should have moved’ and all that f****** w*** you know.
“Gene [Haas] spends hundred of f****** million a year of his own f****** money. If he f****** wants to pull the plug because and everybody down because you are two f****** idiots.
“I’ve no more to f****** say to you guys and if you don’t like it, I don’t need you here.
“Do not come back, please."
The microphone then picks up the sound of Steiner’s office door breaking as it closes. It quickly becomes apparent that Magnussen is the culprit, as Steiner storms off after his driver raging “he’s not f****** doing that to me”.
The Haas boss then finds Magnussen’s friend Jesper Carlsen to pass a strongly worded message to the Danish driver.
“He does not f****** smash my door, tell him that. If he doesn’t want to come back he’d better tell me now. He smashed my f****** office door.
“I don’t know where he is, but he can f*** off. I told him, both of them.”
Marching back to the Haas motorhome Steiner adds: “F****** hell. We have got two f****** idiots driving for us. This is not acceptable, we will make changes.
“If it would be my decision now, I would sack them both.”
Haas has retained both Grosjean and Magnussen for the 2020 season.
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