Steiner’s Preferred Haas F1 Candidate: Not Max, But…

Guenther Steiner, team boss of Haas F1, would prefer Adrian Newey over Max Verstappen to join his team, and if stranded on a desert island, he would choose to be with Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ team principal, for his sense of humor.


‣ Guenther Steiner, team boss of Haas F1, would prefer to have Adrian Newey on his team over Max Verstappen, as he believes Newey could make a car that can win.
‣ Steiner does not believe his team could win with Verstappen as their driver, even if they had a Red Bull car.
‣ If Steiner had to live on a desert island for a week with one other person from the paddock, he would choose Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ team principal, for his sense of humor and ability to engage in interesting discussions.
‣ In the past, Steiner would have chosen Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s former team principal, as his desert island companion due to their shared love of wine.

Guenther Steiner, the boss of Haas F1, was recently quizzed by The Athletic readers. They wanted to know who he’d most like to see join his team. Surprisingly, he didn’t pick Max Verstappen. Why? Well, he doesn’t believe his team could clinch a win with the Red Bull Racing driver. But with Adrian Newey? That’s a different story.

“Adrian Newey is my pick,” Steiner declared. “I’m convinced he could design a winning car. It’s a no-brainer, really.” He went on to explain, “Even if we had Max (Verstappen) driving our car, we wouldn’t come out on top. But if we had a Red Bull, I reckon Nico and Kevin could win races.”

The conversation took an unexpected turn. Steiner, a 58-year-old Italian Swiss, was asked a rather peculiar question. If he had to spend a week on a deserted island with just one other person from the paddock, who would he choose?

“Back in the day, I’d have said Mattia (Binotto, ex-Ferrari team principal),” Steiner mused. “We could’ve enjoyed plenty of wine. But he’s not around these days.” He paused, considering another answer.

“From another team, Toto (Wolff, Mercedes’ team principal) is always a fascinating character,” Steiner admitted. “We don’t see eye to eye on many things, but we’d hash it out after sunset. You need a good sparring partner for a joke to land. It’s no fun joking with someone who doesn’t get it. And Toto? He gets it, alright,” Steiner concluded with a chuckle.

Albert Ramirez
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