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Guenther Steiner
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How Steiner’s exit underlines the changed role of F1’s team bosses

Most team principals in modern-day F1 can, like Guenther Steiner, be swiftly removed from the job if the owners aren’t happy. As MARK GALLAGHER explains, it underlines how times have changed

It’s the morning after the shock announcement of Gene Haas’s appointment of Ayao Komatsu as team principal of Haas F1 when my phone pings with a message from Guenther Steiner. I’m in Australia and enjoying my first coffee, but it’s the previous day for him thanks to the time difference.

At this point I should declare an interest, since my company works with Guenther and we enjoy a good relationship. Once he realises that’s it’s not late at night for me, we jump on a call.

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