Guenther Steiner, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022

Pictures: The highs and lows of Haas’ eight years under Guenther Steiner

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The 2024 Formula 1 season will be the first time the Haas team has been led by anyone other than Guenther Steiner.

During its first eight years F1’s newest team has pulled off shock results and endured seasons of deep disappointment; it has clashed with sponsors and seen one of its drivers climb out of an inferno.

Without Steiner at the helm, Haas will feel like a very different team.


Romain Grosjean, Haas, Albert Park, Melbourne, 2016

Haas could hardly have hoped for a better start to life in Formula 1. Romain Grosjean took sixth place on their debut in Australia.

Gene Haas, Romain Grosjean, Melbourne, 2016

Team owner Gene Haas was present to join the celebrations.

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Bahrain International Circuit, 2016

Incredibly, Grosjean went one better at the next race, taking fifth in Bahrain.

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Jolyon Palmer, Romain Grosjean, Circuit of the Americas, 2016

They couldn’t sustain that form over the whole season. Grosjean scored their final point of the year in Austin – team mate Esteban Gutierrez never troubling the scorers – which secured eighth in the championship for the new team.


Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Shanghai, 2018

Kevin Magnussen replaced Gutierrez for 2017 and scored on his second start for them in Shanghai.

Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Red Bull Ring, 2017

Grosjean couldn’t repeat their 2016 high of fifth place, but came in sixth in Austria, a track where the team has tended to go well.

Guenther Steiner, Haas, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2017

Captain Steiner could be pleased with their efforts in their second season as they repeated their eighth place finish in the standings.


Romain Grosjean, Haas, Albert Park, 2018

Haas’ third season started ominously – both drivers retired within moments of each other due to problems with their wheel nuts during pit stops.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Bahrain International Circuit, 2018

Fifth place for Magnussen at the next race in Bahrain swiftly erased those memories. It proved the beginning of their best season to date.

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2018

The Spanish Grand Prix was a bittersweet affair. Magnussen took sixth but Grosjean’s car returned to the pits on a flatbed truck after he caused a first-lap pile-up.

Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Red Bull Ring, 2018

Grosjean redeemed himself in Austria, leading Haas’ best result to date: fourth and fifth places.

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Romain Grosjean, Guenther Steiner, Haas, 2018

Grosjean and Steiner had more to smile about during 2018 as the team moved into the top half of the championship table.

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Yas Marina, 2018

More points at the season finale meant Haas ended the year with 93 points and fifth in the constructors championship.


Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team, Presenter Nicki Shields, William Storey, CEO Rich Energy, Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 and Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team

The team had a new look for 2019 after attracting sponsorship from an energy drink brand. But the deal – and their season – soon turned sour.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Albert Park, 2019

Sixth place for Magnussen in the season opener proved a false dawn. The team was frequently mystified by how their car treated its tyres over a race distance, and points proved hard to come by.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Silverstone, 2019

Silverstone was the low point. While Steiner fielded questions over critical comments made by their title sponsor, Grosjean and Magnussen collided during the race, prompted a furious dressing-down by their team principal which became notorious when it appeared in Netflix’s Drive to Survive series.

Guenther Steiner, Haas, Interlagos, 2019

Steiner’s blunt telephone exchanges with Gene Haas, captured in Drive to Survive, made him one of the paddock’s most popular figures.

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Suzuka, 2019

The team’s new sponsorship deal was cancelled before the season was over.


Romain Grosjean, Haas, Red Bull Ring, 2020

The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic hit Haas especially hard. At the heavily delayed season opener both cars retired with brake problems.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Hungaroring, 2020

Magnussen scored one of the team’s three points in Hungary – but lost one point due to a penalty for an illegal radio message.

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Bahrain International Circuit, 2020

As bad as the season was, the team had reason to feel fortunate when Grosjean survived an appalling first-lap crash in Bahrain, his car exploding in flames.

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Bahrain International Circuit, 2020

He suffered burns to his hands, but the strength of Grosjean’s car and the quick works of the marshals and medical team spared him a much worse fate.

Pietro Fittipaldi substituted for Grosjean in the final two races, but the team was well off the pace and only finished three points above last place in the standings.

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Haas VF-21 launch, Bahrain, 2021

Another new title sponsor arrived for 2021: Uralkali, run by the father of new driver Nikita Mazepin. Haas replaced both drivers as it courted vital funds from sponsors. Formula 2 champion Mick Schumacher also joined but both drivers understood little development had gone into the latest car and it would be a learning year for both of them.

Nikita Mazepin, Haas, Bahrain International Circuit, 2021

When Mazepin crashed out three corners into the first race it did not bode well for the season ahead.

Mick Schumacher, Haas, Monaco, 2021

Schumacher also struggled in the uncompetitive VF-21. For the first time Haas ended a season without a point, and fell to last in the championship. However they had made an early start on their car for the 2022 season, when new technical regulations would arrive, and were hopeful their gamble would pay off.


Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-22, Circuit de Catalunya, 2022

Haas intended to continue with the same driver line-up and sponsorship arrangement in 2022, and started testing in the same colour scheme.

Kevin Magnussen, Bahrain International Circuit, Haas, 2022

But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Haas to sever its ties with Uralkali and the Mazepins. Fortunately for them, Kevin Magnussen was available to return in his place, and repaid them with a superb fifth place in the Bahrain season-opener.

Mick Schumacher, Haas, Monaco, 2022

Schumacher’s first points took longer to come. He had heavy crashes in Jeddah and Monaco, and retired from a strong position in Canada with a technical problems.

Mick Schumacher, Haas, Silverstone, 2022

A relieved Schumacher bagged his first points at Silverstone, but it wasn’t enough to keep his place in the team.

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Guenther Steiner fans, Zandvoort, 2022

By now Steiner was arguably a bigger star in his own right than his drivers.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Interlagos, 2022

At Interlagos, Magnussen took advantage of wet conditions to claim the team’s first pole position, though only for a sprint race. He was taken out on the first lap of the grand prix, but Haas went on to secure eighth in the championship.


Nico Hulkenberg, Haas, Melbourne, 2023

Nico Hulkenberg took Schumacher’s place for 2023 and delivered seventh place on his third start for the team. But their form took a downward turn, and that proved their best result of the season.

(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg, Haas; Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Miami International Autodrome, 2023

The VF-23 proved tough on its rear tyres. Its drivers, especially Hulkenberg, often qualified well but slipped down the order during the race.

Haas, Circuit of the Americas, 2023

The team brought a major upgrade to the car – plus a patriotic paintjob – to its home event in Austin. But it failed to solve the problems and Hulkenberg soon reverted to the old specification. They were unable to prevent AlphaTauri out-scoring them and fell to last in the championship, where they finished for the second time in three years.

Guenther Steiner

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was Steiner’s last in charge at Haas.

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7 comments on “Pictures: The highs and lows of Haas’ eight years under Guenther Steiner”

  1. Blimey, I’d forgotten about Nikita Mazepin. What a terrible driver pairing; worst in history?

    Thank you for the memories. A bit of a tear in my eye, I’m not ashamed to say. Thank you, Guenther, and hopefully au revoir, not goodbye.

    1. What a terrible driver pairing; worst in history?

      Not even close – the golden era of pay drivers (the 1990s) had many much worse lineups!

    2. Not really, Mick Schumacher was not that bad compared to a lot of other drivers that have been around in years gone by, but he did seem like a bit of a slow learner.

      1. Indeed, and mazepin was really bad by nowadays’ standards, but there have been even slower drivers in the past decades.

  2. Meme culture and excessive swearing made Steiner a star, but his team not so much. Sure there are some highs here, a stray pole position due to weather here, a points finish there, but I can’t deny that the lows are vastly higher and vastly lower than the highs ever were. The involvement with Stokely, Mazepin, the many retirements which sometimes played out as jokes (pit stop errors in Australia coming to mind here).

    They did, indeed, often look like a bunch of you-know-what’s. Let’s see if the change of direction is going to change that.

    1. the lows are vastly higher in number*

      1. I don’t think HAAS’ lows are indeed lows.
        Outside of retirements or being the unfortunate participant of a crash, whenever a HAAS crosses the finishing line, is a good raceday.
        Low points and it is going very well indeed.
        7th or higher, is a fantastic result for a HAAS.

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