Guenther Steiner says football managers know nothing about pressure

Haas boss Guenther Steiner became a fan favourite following season one of Netflix's 'Drive to Survive' docuseries.

Fans of Guenther Steiner and Haas will want to put a reminder on their calendars for April 2023, as the Italian will be releasing a book taking readers behind-the-scenes of the team’s 2022 campaign.

The book titled ‘Surviving to Drive’ is all about how the fan favourite leads the American team, with the book effectively being a catalogue of diary entries from Steiner during the 2022 season.

2022 was, of course, an interesting year for Haas, as the team finally returned into the points and were a regular midfield side.

However, there were some issues, most notably deciding who would be the team’s second driver for 2023.

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The team decided to drop Mick Schumacher in favour of Nico Hulkenberg, who’ll be making his highly anticipated return to full-time F1.

Steiner was heavily criticised last season for the way he managed Schumacher, something which will perhaps be delved into in the book.

The book is dubbed to take ‘fans on the thrilling rollercoaster of life at the heart of high-stakes motor racing’, through Steiner’s diary entries.

Given Steiner’s description of the book, it’s fair to say that fans are in for a fascinating read.

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“People talk about football managers being under pressure. Trust me, that’s nothing,” a quote from Steiner said.

“Pressure is watching one of your drivers hit a barrier at 190mph and exploding before your eyes…”

The book will be Steiner’s first and will, of course, be released after the next season presumably of the hit Netflix docuseries ‘Drive to Survive’, which has turned him into a ‘rockstar’.

Fans have loved Steiner on the hit show and have taken a liking to some of his famous one-liners.

“We could have looked like rockstars, but now we look like a bunch of w**kers,” Steiner famously said after the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

With 2022 over, though, Steiner can’t think of a better time to discuss the book, which he does appear to be incredibly enthusiastic about.

“I don’t think I could have picked a more active year than this one to document some of the many things a team principal has to go through in Formula 1,” he said.

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“I’ve never looked at keeping a diary before and, while I like to look forward, it’s been fun to look back over this year proofing this book again and reflecting on the many highs and lows we’ve encountered at Haas F1 Team.

“Ultimately the highs stand-out more, from Kevin Magnussen’s points-scoring return in Bahrain to Mick Schumacher’s first points at Silverstone, through to the team’s first-ever pole position in Brazil and our eighth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship – it’s been quite the season.

“It’s the hard work of everyone on our team that has returned us to the fight in Formula 1 and I can’t thank everyone who’s a part of Haas F1 Team enough for their efforts and dedication.

“I hope people enjoy this insight into our 2022 season and hopefully, they’ll come along for the ride in 2023 when we look to build on this year’s successes.”