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Max Verstappen

F1 team boss passes on Verstappen: 'Even with Max we wouldn't win'

Despite his dominant success in 2023 at the wheel of the RB19, would Max Verstappen be able to put in the same performance in an inferior car?

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Can a great driver win in an inferior car? That is a frequently asked question in the Formula 1 world.

Max Verstappen had a strong Red Bull car at his disposal in 2023, but would the Dutchman have been on the podium at all once if he had to drive a Haas?

The American team's team boss, Guenther Steiner, doesn't think so and wouldn't even take on the Dutchman if he could make a free transfer to the team.

“I would choose Adrian Newey because I'm sure he can build a winning car,” Steiner told The Athletic.

"Even if you put Verstappen in our car, we wouldn't win. I think Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen can win races if we had a Red Bull."

Steiner once worked for Red Bull

Prior to their takeover of the Jaguar F1 team in 2004, Steiner worked for them in their technical operations. Following a management shakeup in 2002, he was put on gardening leave.

In February 2005 he joined Red Bull Racing as a technical operations director, managing a group of 350 people with a budget in excess of $200 million.

Once the Red Bull F1 project started moving in a positive direction, Steiner was shifted to their NASCAR Cup Series team in North Carolina. It's a period he proudly looks back on, despite the fact that the NASCAR team no longer exists.

"We did it to add a lot of technology and engineers to the sport. A number of people recognized that after I left. You don't have to get any credits. I think we did a lot of what is now normal in the NASCAR."

Steiner eventually left Red Bull permanently in 2008: "We disagreed on the future. I had a plan, but they disagreed with that. That's why we separated, it's that simple."

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