Guenther Steiner comments on Haas selling F1 team

Michael Andretti has attempted to purchase the Haas F1 Team multiple times as he looks to enter an outfit into the pinnacle of motorsport.

Haas were relieved to have returned to the points places in 2022, following what was a horrific 2021 campaign.

The American side famously carried their 2020 car over to 2021, with the outfit having put all their focus onto the new aerodynamic regulations that were introduced this season.

With that in mind, it was no shock to the team that they were at the foot of the field at every single race in 2021 and, crucially, failed to score a single point.

Unsurprisingly, they finished P10 in the Constructors’ Championship as a result; however, their bold strategy ultimately worked in their favour in 2022.

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At the opening race of the season, Kevin Magnussen famously claimed fifth place on his first race back for Haas, with the Americans having celebrated jubilantly.

The most recent campaign was a considerably stronger one for one of the least funded outfits on the grid, who sealed eighth in the Constructors’ Championship.

With more funding in place for 2023, the only way appears to be up for Haas, something that should continue to increase the value of the team.

With that in mind, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has revealed that owner Gene Haas has no intention of selling the team to anyone, not even Michael Andretti, who continues to push for a team on the grid.

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Steiner admitted that Gene hasn’t considered selling the team since the value of F1 skyrocketed, with suddenly several interested parties coming forward.

“Not since F1 teams have become hot property,” Steiner told the ‘Beyond The Grid’ podcast when asked if Haas would consider selling the team.

“Obviously, if you may have asked him in 2019, or 2020, when the pandemic hit, maybe it would be a different opinion.

“But in 2020, nobody wanted to buy a team. They all came afterwards. You know, it’s always the same old story. When everything is successful, everybody has got great ideas.

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“But what do you have to say, Gene invested in the team, we started in 2014, obviously, we went racing the first time [in] 2016 when F1 teams were not hot property.

“In 2017 or ’18, I think it was you could buy one team for a pound and nobody bought it, you know, and now they’re all ‘I want the team’, but because now they’re worth a lot of money.

“If you could get our team for one pound, I think you find millions of buyers, but five years ago, think about it, you couldn’t find anybody who bought it, you know, so the world has changed. So the question, would he sell now? No.”