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Guenther Steiner leaves role as Haas Team Principal with immediate effect as Ayao Komatsu promoted

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Guenther Steiner leaves role as Haas Team Principal with immediate effect as Ayao Komatsu promoted
Director of Engineering Ayao Komatsu has taken over as Team Principal of the Haas Formula One Team following the departure of Guenther Steiner.

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Since the American team joined Formula One in 2016, Steiner has served as team leader. The Italian became well-known in the sport after landing a lead part in Netflix’s Drive To Survive series. He was the third-longest serving team principal in Formula One, behind Christian Horner of Red Bull and Toto Wolff of Mercedes.

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Under his leadership, the team experienced real high moments, such as points on their debut in Australia in 2016, their first-ever pole position in Brazil the previous year, and a fifth-place finish in the constructors’ championship in 2018.

But it was a difficult year for them last year. Haas struggled to convert their one-lap qualification performance into a race pace that would score points on Sunday, and as a result, they placed last in the constructors’ championship, down two spots from the previous year.

Haas had a difficult season in 2023 and placed last in the constructors’ championship.

It was determined that Steiner will quit the organization immediately following talks that took place over the winter between him and owner Gene Haas.

His substitute Since Haas’s 2016 Formula One debut, Komatsu, 47, has been employed by the company. He began as Chief Race Engineer and eventually became Director of Engineering.

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In addition to his extensive tenure at Renault before to joining Haas, he has over 20 years of expertise in Formula 1, having worked in engineering and managerial capacities with British American Racing.

According to Haas, Komatsu will be in charge of the group’s overarching plan and, eventually, its performance on track. The group’s goal is to maximize its potential through employee empowerment, efficient structure procedures, and effective teamwork.

As Komatsu concentrates on maintaining its current performance, Haas intends to appoint a Chief Operating Officer situated in Europe to oversee all non-competition affairs and divisions, encompassing HR, administrative, financial, marketing, and common.

After Christian Horner and Toto Wolff, Steiner was the third-longest-serving team principal in Formula One.

“To begin with, I would like to thank Guenther Steiner for all of his hard work over the past ten years and I wish him well for the future,” owner Gene Haas stated.

As a company, it was obvious that we had to raise our on-track results going forward. Ayao Komatsu’s appointment as Team Principal reflects the basic engineering focus of our management.

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“Although we have seen some success, we must continue to produce outcomes that support the organization’s larger objectives. While we must make effective use of the resources at our disposal, strengthening our team’s capacity for design and engineering is essential.

“I’m excited to collaborate with Ayao and make sure that we really reach our full potential; this genuinely represents my goal to compete successfully in Formu

Steiner will be replaced as Haas Team Principal by Ayao Komatsu.

“I’m obviously very excited to have the opportunity to be Team Principal at Haas,” Komatsu stated. Being a part of the team since its 2016 track debut, I have a clear personal stake in its success in Formula 1. I’m excited to take charge of our program and the different internal competitive activities to make sure we can create a structure that results in better on-track performances.

“At the end of the day, our business is results-driven, and we haven’t been competitive enough lately, which has been frustrating.

“Gene and our many partners, especially MoneyGram, have provided us with incredible assistance, and we hope to return the favor with an enhanced on-track product. Together, our talented team from Kannapolis, Banbury, and Maranello will undoubtedly provide the kind of performances we are capable of.

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