Haas F1 Boss Names the ‘Driver to Beat’ between Hamilton-Verstappen

Published 10/08/2021, 12:44 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has captivated everyone in the world this season. They both have won races and provided great entertainment to the fans. It has split most of the paddock in choosing between them as their pick for the title, and Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has picked the Red Bull driver over the 7-time world champion.

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As reported by Formula passion, the Haas team boss revealed that the Dutch driver has been the difference this season in the title race. He believes Max is the driver to beat in 2021.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

I think Max will win the title this year. So what if I think Red Bull has the best car? I did not say this. I said that Max is the driver to beat,” said Steiner.

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The Haas team boss happy with the development in the 2022 car

Guenther Steiner mentioned that he and Gene Haas are happy with the progress in the development of the 2022 car. He stated that the American team flew to Italy to see the progress of the car and was satisfied with it.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021, Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I went there with Gene, he hasn’t been to Italy for three years, because of COVID-19 he couldn’t come the last few years, so I showed him around and showed him how we’ve changed, how we’ve organized ourselves and how Simone is leading the group.

I think he [Gene Haas] was happy with what he saw, and he’s looking forward to 2022 again like we all are, I think we’ll be ready. Where we’ll end up, I don’t know yet, but for sure we’ll make steps forward,” said Guenther.

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Haas had decided to not develop their 2021 car and focus completely on the 2022 season. The 2022 season will be crucial for them as they make their bid to get back up the grid.

Can Haas get back in the fight in 2022? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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