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Guenther Steiner

Formula 1 employee

Guenther Steiner
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NationalityITA
PositionTeam principal
TeamHaas F1 Team

Steiner's vast experience in motorsport starts as a mechanic for a rally team, and covers multiple roles across the globe before ending up in Formula One with the Jaguar outfit in 2002. He departed but returned when the squad became Red Bull and helped them get on their feet, only to be moved across to the US. When Gene Haas started his new US team, he called on Steiner to join as team principal, debuting in the 2016 season.

Biography

Guenther has a long history in motorsports, starting out in the mid 1980s where he worked as a mechanic in the World Rally Championship. He helped to build and prep race-winning cars, earning a promotion from the garage to, at various points in his career, team manager, technical manager and head of reconnaissance.

Ahead of the 2002 Formula One season, Steiner was spotted and snapped up by Niki Lauda, who asked him to join Jaguar's F1 outfit as managing director. Steiner was influential in reorganising the team but only saw out one season in the sport. He moved across to provide technical and manufacturing directorship in the DTM series, but was soon back in F1 when Red Bull came calling for the 2005 season.

This time as technical operations director, Steiner helped the team make the transition from their former outfit as Jaguar, and Red Bull rewarded him with a move to the United States - forming a brand new NASCAR team. He left Red Bull to start his own composites company in 2009, remaining in the US.

Gene Haas' eponymous team was put together for a debut in the 2016 Formula One season, and Steiner was signed up from the outset to lead the way as team principal.