Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has revealed he would take Adrian Newey from Red Bull if he had the option to hire anyone in Formula 1.
The difference in performance between the 2023 Red Bull and Haas cars was 848 points, with the latter languishing in last place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Haas enjoyed fleeting moments of relative success, particularly on Saturdays, with qualifying proving to be the American team’s strong point. However, they lacked pace on race day, scraping points on only a handful of occasions.
“I’m sure he [Newey] can make a car which can win,” Steiner told The Athletic. “The answer is quite obvious.
“This year is a complete new car. And we start from zero, we just start off fresh.”
The team’s best finish of the season was a seventh-place finish for Nico Hulkenberg at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen scored points on more occasions than Hulkenberg, with three points finishes to the German’s one, but was ultimately outscored by his teammate.
Steiner went on to say three-time world champion Max Verstappen wouldn’t win in the Haas whereas his drivers would take victories at Red Bull.
“Even if you take Max with our car, we wouldn’t win,” concluded Steiner. “I think if we had a Red Bull, Nico could win races and Kevin.”
Could Verstappen achieve success in a Haas?
Steiner’s view on the likelihood of Verstappen winning in a Haas differs greatly from the opinion of Red Bull’s own Helmut Marko.
Speaking to Motorsport-Total.com in August 2023, Marko was adamant that Verstappen would remain a force to be reckoned with no matter the car he was competing in.
“Max would be a class of his own in every car,” Marko stated. “If the conditions are right, he can put an AlphaTauri or Haas, which is more of a qualifying car, on pole.”