Netflix showed Steiner's "surprising" leadership - Grosjean

Romain Grosjean says the Netflix Drive to Survive series helped showed Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner's "surprising" leadership style that avoids any intra-team politics.

Netflix showed Steiner's "surprising" leadership - Grosjean

The Haas team's woes through the 2019 season were profiled in the second episode of the latest season of Drive to Survive as Grosjean and teammate Kevin Magnussen struggled with an unpredictable and difficult car.

The pair collided on track at the British Grand Prix, sparking an aggressive rebuke to both drivers from Steiner that was picked up by Netflix's microphones and included in the series.

Having watched the Haas episode, Grosjean said the scene acted as proof of Steiner's honest style of management - something he felt was rare on the F1 grid.

"There is no politics. There are no hidden things, and that's surprising for Formula 1," Grosjean said.

"If we look at these other teams, and what happens, you can tell that it's a very different situation.

"When Gunther is not happy, he would tell you. And it doesn't mean that he's angry against you. We've got a good relationship and we're friends, but outside he will tell you what is right and what is wrong.

"And you can also tell him what is right and what is wrong. That's the way we move."

Read Also:

Grosjean was full of praise for the production of the Netflix series, calling it "incredible", but said he would like to have seen more of the background work from Haas be reflected in the series.

"When you know the world from inside, it doesn't show everything," Grosjean said.

"If you ask me about the Haas episode, I would have liked to see a little bit more of the hard work from the boys behind the scenes.

"We all see the terrible situation that we were in, but I believe they could have been shown a little bit more of the actual work, that was done to try to jump out of the hole.

"I guess it wasn't in the scenario."

But Grosjean was nevertheless impressed by what the series had done to open up F1 to new audiences.

"I think it's great for the fans. I think it opens Formula 1 up to people that did not necessarily know about it, and the quality is incredible," Grosjean said.

"I actually wish that I could give them more. I think it's great."

shares
comments
How many races does F1 need to declare a season?

Previous article

How many races does F1 need to declare a season?

Next article

Silverstone would host several F1 races, use reverse layout

Silverstone would host several F1 races, use reverse layout
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Luke Smith
The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull has hidden pace Prime

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull has hidden pace

Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...

Formula 1
May 7, 2021
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Prime

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.

Formula 1
May 6, 2021
What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

Formula 1
May 5, 2021
The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Prime

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory Prime

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy Prime

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion Prime

How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion

As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival

Formula 1
Apr 29, 2021