GPUpdate lets readers quiz Steiner
4 July 2016 – In 2016, GPUpdate.net is giving readers the opportunity to pose questions to senior personnel from a selection of outfits, with Haas team boss Guenther Steiner the next to be quizzed. Have you ever wondered how a Formula 1 squad is run, or who makes the big decisions? Now is your chance to ask and find out.
Born in Italy, Steiner began his career in rallying, starting out as a mechanic at Mazda Rally in 1986, before holding senior roles at Top Run Srl (89-90), Jolly Club Spa (91-96), Prodrive (97) and M-Sport (98-01).
He worked with legends such as Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz, the father of Toro Rosso's Sainz Jr.
Steiner, with his managerial and technical experience, caught the attention of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda, who signed him up to Jaguar Racing as the team's Managing Director.
Steiner helped to restructure the operation, though a management shake-up led to him taking gardening leave, and missing the 2003 season, before joining the German-based Opel Performance Center.
In 2005, a second Formula 1 opportunity went Steiner's way, as he became Technical Operations Director at newcomer Red Bull, which had purchased the former Jaguar team he worked for from 2001-2003.
As Red Bull found its feet in the sport, and climbed up the pecking order, Steiner moved to the United States, where he spearheaded another Red Bull project – a new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.
Steiner built the team from scratch, and spent two years onboard, departing in 2008. He remained in Mooresville, North Carolina, however, where he founded FibreWorks Composites the following year.
As Gene Haas looked into a Formula 1 entry, he approached Steiner, and his carbon-composites design and manufacturer company, to help lead the outfit, which arrived on the starting grid in 2016.
Questions can be posted via the interactive Facebook panel underneath this article, with our Twitter handle @GPUpdate and using the hashtag #AskSteiner, or through our dedicated contact form.
The deadline for readers to submit questions is Wednesday, July 6.