Steiner’s Successor Asserts Drivers Recognize His Straightforwardness

Guenther Steiner has left Haas F1 team, and his successor, Ayao Komatsu, is now working with drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, with Komatsu believing the car will better suit Magnussen’s driving style and expressing satisfaction with the team’s progress in addressing issues during the winter break.


‣ Guenther Steiner has left Haas, and his successor is Ayao Komatsu, who will work with drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen.
‣ Haas has been working to fix issues during the winter break, and Komatsu is satisfied with the improvements.
‣ Komatsu believes the new car will better suit Magnussen’s driving style, which requires good entry stability and consistent handling through a corner.
‣ Komatsu has a straightforward, no-nonsense approach with his drivers, and believes they have a good understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Guenther Steiner’s departure from Haas has paved the way for Ayao Komatsu. Now, Komatsu’s got to work with Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen. Haas? They’ve been busting their humps to iron out issues during the winter break. The new boss? He’s pretty chuffed.

Komatsu reckons this car will be a better fit for Magnussen’s driving style.

“But have all the problems been fixed?” asked. Komatsu’s response? “I wouldn’t say ‘eliminated.’ That’s a hefty word. But we’ve definitely made strides. Magnussen? He’s a driver who craves good entry stability and consistency through a corner,” explained the new boss.

Kommatsu, Hulkenberg, and Magnussen: The New Trio

So, Hulkenberg and Magnussen have a new boss to deal with. 2023 wasn’t a banner year for the American constructor. They only managed to scrape together 12 points in the constructors’ championship. But what does Komatsu have to say about his relationship with the drivers?

“I’m a straight shooter. I call it like I see it. Not trying to be a tough guy or anything, but there’s no room for bull****. We just don’t have time to waste,” the Japanese boss laid it out. “They know where I stand, where they stand, and we work well together. We get each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We’ve got a good, open, and transparent dialogue, so I’m happy with that.”

Albert Ramirez
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