Haas Motorsports has fired its former Method 1 crew principal Guenther Steiner. Whereas it is a very wise resolution for Haas as a racing group wanting to achieve F1 (and after the crew completed in final place within the 2023 Constructor’s Cup, it’s most likely coming a bit late), it’s a devastating blow to followers of Netflix’s Drive to Survive.
Whereas arguably considered one of least profitable crew principals in latest reminiscence, Steiner was a godsend for the fact present producers at Field to Field. He’s an absolute character, a real weirdo in methods solely European sports activities can produce. He’s brash, loud, opinionated, full of wierd sayings and weird jokes, and he seemingly received alongside nice with everybody. (Besides, sometimes, his drivers.)
In different phrases, every part about him is pitch-perfect for a actuality sequence, particularly one making an attempt to get off the bottom. Even higher, he was working for one of many lowest-ranked groups within the sport, so he had nothing to lose by permitting cameras into his paddock and behind the scenes for tons of entry.
For many of Drive to Survive’s 5 seasons, Steiner has primarily remained the present’s primary character. Certain, the present has far more entry to the remainder of the groups now than it did earlier than, with even the highest groups lining as much as get their shot on digicam, however there’s nonetheless no character fairly like Guenther.
Steiner was additionally a unbelievable entry level into the game. A cautious, eccentric explainer of racing, Steiner has a expertise in his talking-head shorts for serving to viewers be taught extra about racing with out even realizing it. On high of that, his unbelievable Northern Italian dad vitality gives a pleasant respite from the young-buck confidence of all the drivers.
The one downside with all of that is that he wasn’t serving to Haas rating any factors. He turned a actuality star, however that wasn’t translating to outcomes on the monitor, which meant his days with Haas have been numbered. Steiner will probably be changed by Ayao Komatsu, who has been Haas’ trackside engineer since 2016, and has additionally appeared usually on Drive to Survive.
The excellent news for Drive to Survive followers is that although Guenther is considered one of a sort, there’s by no means a scarcity of characters concerned in Method 1. We’ll simply have to attend for 2 seasons from now to search out out who, because the upcoming season — doubtless arriving someday in February or March — will comply with his last yr as Haas’s crew principal.