Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner says he was thinking ‘What the hell is happening here?’, while “listening to the orders from the race director” in the final moments of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Haas team boss Guenther Steiner’s book titled “Surviving to Drive” is set to be released soon, and Mirror Sport reports they have read an advance copy.
The publication reports that the book begins with Steiner’s views on the controversial finale of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw Lewis Hamilton lose the title fight to Max Verstappen, after a series of unjust decisions made by race director Michael Masi.
“If I had a dollar from every person who has asked for my opinion on what happened between Lewis and Max in Abu Dhabi over the past six days, I’d be able to poach [Red Bull’s Technical Director] Adrian Newey,” Steiner wrote.
“Not that I would. He’s far too exciting for me,” he joked.
“After the race I had a few days visiting my mother and every person I saw in the town wanted to know what I thought.
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‘Why are you asking me?’ I said, ‘I was too busy concentrating on a Russian who didn’t finish the race and a German who was in fourteenth position’.
“What do I think, then? Well, it was certainly very confusing. I remember sitting on the pit wall listening to the orders from the race director and thinking, ‘What the hell is happening here?’
“At the time it didn’t stack up to me, but at the same time I didn’t know all the facts. It was very entertaining, though. Poor Toto [Wolff] almost had a f***ing heart attack!
“Look, at the end of the day, both teams have won a world championship and good for them. Red Bull won the drivers’ and Mercedes the constructors’. I’d take either of those.
“Mercedes didn’t protest, so off we go. We move on,” the German concluded.