Guenther Steiner reveals how Netflix’s Drive to Survive makes him act ‘weird’

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has become a fan favourite in the series due to his honest and unfiltered approach.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has spoken out about his new found international status following the success of the Netflix show Drive to Survive and his starring role with it.

While heading up a mid-tier team, Steiner has become a stand out figure in the show thanks to his honest, and at times, brutal attitude, never being afraid to speak his mind. 

However, Steiner has now made a shocking admission about the series that has made him a household name.

“I don’t want to watch myself because if you watch yourself you get critical about your actions, self-conscious, and then you try to do better,” Steiner told the Times newspaper.

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“Maybe I’ll watch it once when I’m not working any more.

“But I’m not an actor. My job is being a team principal, so that’s what I need to do. If you watch it you get influenced. 

“When you see a camera, you act differently. Then it gets weird. 

“And I don’t want to get weird. I don’t want to be afraid of a camera,” he added.

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Steiner’s popularity on the show has seen him write a book titled “Surviving to Drive,” taking readers through an F1 season, from handling the inner workings of the team to the race calendar itself.

“Packed full of twists and turns, from hiring and firing drivers, balancing books, pre-season preparations, the design, launch and testing of a car – and of course, the race calendar itself – this is the first time that an F1 team has allowed an acting team principal to tell the full story of a whole season,” Waterstones wrote ahead of the release of the book on 20th April.

Haas is having something of a rebound from its poor finish in 2021 and 2022, as the pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg puts them back in the fight for points finishes against the other mid-tier teams.