Guenther Steiner mentioned he was “stung” by not having the prospect to say a correct farewell to the Haas System One group after being advised by telephone final month that his contract as principal was not being renewed.
Haas introduced the shock departure of the 58-year-old Italian, an unintended cult hero of the Netflix docu-series ‘Drive to Survive’, final Wednesday.
“I did not have the prospect to say thanks to some individuals after I left Haas F1. I’d identical to to thank all of the group members who I could not give a correct goodbye to after I left,” Steiner advised an viewers on the Autosport Worldwide Present in Birmingham.
“It stung, however all of them know me they usually all know that I respect what they did. It is all the time finest to say it to them, it might be good to say, ‘Hey guys, thanks for what you probably did for the group’.”
Talking for the primary time for the reason that announcement of his alternative by Japanese engineer Ayao Komatsu, Steiner mentioned he obtained the decision from group proprietor Gene Haas between Christmas and the New 12 months, and indicated he can be in no rush to return to the paddock.
“If there’s one thing attention-grabbing and which challenges me, sure, however simply on the lookout for a job simply to remain in F1, possibly that is not what I would like,” he mentioned.
Gene Haas mentioned earlier within the week that Steiner’s departure from the group that completed final total in 2023 all got here all the way down to efficiency.
Steiner indicated nonetheless that the group’s outsourced enterprise mannequin, taking as a lot from engine-partner Ferrari as the principles permit and spending rather a lot lower than rivals, might need had its day.
“Everyone is getting stronger, investing rather a lot sooner or later as a result of System One I believe is on an excellent path with the place it’s going in the mean time and that is what is required to remain aggressive,” Steiner mentioned.
“On the opposite facet, I see the place different individuals are going and the mannequin we began with at the start I believe was an excellent mannequin. However possibly it isn’t time-relevant any extra.”