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Guenther Steiner

Steiner's bold prediction: Haas will win races!

As Haas gear up for their 150th Grand Prix, team boss Guenther Steiner says the American outfit will one day be winning races.

Guenther Steiner
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Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner says his team will win races in Formula 1.

F1's youngest team are celebrating their 150th Grand Prix at Monaco this weekend, and Steiner – who has been in charge at Haas since the team's inception – said he was struggling to process the milestone.

"I cannot get my head around it," Steiner told the F1 Nation podcast.

"I'm not a statistics guy. I live from day to day, from race to race.

"There are people out there who have done a lot more than we have done, but 150 Grands Prix is not a little.

"And if you think that it's the youngest team, I think that says something. There were highs, also some lows, but that is life.

"At the end, it’s been a good ride, or a decent ride, and it isn't over yet, we keep on going."

Steiner: 'I didn't see this coming!'

Since joining the grid in 2016, Haas have had mixed fortunes, with a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Constructors' Championship contrasting sharply with 2021, in which the team failed to score a single point in a car that had little development work over the course of the year.

A lack of success prompted rumours that owner Gene Haas might pull out of F1, but with increased interest in the sport helping the team sign some lucrative new sponsorship deals, Haas are now on surer financial footing and appear set to remain in the sport for the foreseeable future.

For his part, Steiner noted that the unpredictable nature of F1 made it impossible to have a plan and stick to it.

"If you start a business, you have a five-year plan. If you start anything in motorsport, you have to have a five-year plan, but how realistic is it?" said Steiner.

"Look at Formula 1 now. Would you have thought five years ago that Formula 1 would have been on a hype like it is at the moment? I honestly say no.

"I could say I saw this coming, but I didn't see this coming when we started this when we were like, 'Ok let's try to do something.' I'm not one to talk for Gene, but I think he was the same.

"I don't think anybody could have predicted what happened to Formula 1 in the last three to five years."

"It's been a good ride, and it isn't over yet."

- Guenther Steiner

Steiner: Haas will win races!

One of the smaller teams on the F1 grid, Haas are yet to finish on the podium, with Kevin Magnussen's fourth place at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix representing the team's highest finish across seven seasons in F1.

The team finished eighth in the Constructors' Championship last year, and currently sit seventh after five races of 2023.

Nonetheless, Steiner expressed confidence that his team would eventually win a Grand Prix.

"The present objective this year is to move up in the Constructors' Championship from last year, getting better every year, it's as simple as this," said Steiner.

"And at some stage, we want to be winning races. I don't know how far away it is and I'm not going to say it's this season or next season, but at some stage, it will happen with Haas."

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