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Andretti Did Everything Wrong- Haas F1 Godfather Guenther Steiner Shows The Americans How It’s Done

Naman Gopal Srivastava

Andretti Did Everything Wrong- Haas F1 Godfather Guenther Steiner Shows The Americans How It's Done

Mario Andretti’s efforts of fielding a team in F1 have not gone according to plan so far with the sport rejecting his entry on multiple occasions. When fan support was deemed insufficient to pressurize the F1 bosses into allowing them a pass, political charge entered the foray. Unfortunately, the signs aren’t very good on that front either. Amidst this, former Haas boss Guenther Steiner opines that Andretti was wrong with his approach every step of the way.

Responsible for playing a role in bringing Haas to F1, Steiner is well aware of the effort it takes to get into the pinnacle of motorsports. Appearing on The Red Flags Podcast, he revealed how he set up an army of support, instead of simply banging on F1’s doors.

On the other hand, Andretti’s first approach was to go public. Steiner feels that he should have asked for something like a ‘private dinner’ because it is the American who wants to join the F1 club and not the other way around. “Nobody has asked him to join,” he said. 

Thus, the 59-year-old feels that Andretti hasn’t been entirely respectful of the authorities, who make the decision.

He spoke about his struggles from when Haas was finding its roots, having to reach out to relatives of higher authorities to just get in a word. Eventually, it was his contacts who helped him land a spot for the Kannapolis-based outfit on the F1 grid.

Unlike Andretti, Guenther Steiner asked for several favors for Haas

Recalling Haas’ path to F1, Steiner detailed how he called in favors from figures like Niki Lauda and Stefano Domenicalli. He asked them to set up a meeting with Bernie Ecclestone (former F1 supremo) so that he could tell him about Haas’ plan. Lauda and Domenicalli even called Steiner up at three in the morning to ask him what his plan was.


With the FIA, Steiner adopted a very similar approach. He spoke to Jean Todt and Charlie Whiting, who included a series of people in Steiner’s corner, to support him in his bid.

In the end, it was all about getting everyone involved and working on getting the license together. By doing so, Steiner and Haas were respectful of the authorities, which went a long way in helping them get into F1 without much pushback.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

Naman Gopal Srivastava


Naman is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. Initially a football fanatic who worships Puyol and Leo Messi, Naman soon fell in love with the world of F1 upon reading about Jim Clarke. While the current era drivers do fascinate him, Naman still chooses to idolize Clarke and Ayrton Senna. When he is not busy watching the highlights of some of the greatest races of his idols, Naman can be found scribbling little snippets in his diary of poems or out in the town, exploring new places to eat.

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