Guenther Steiner Sues His Former F1 Team Haas

Wednesday, 01 May 2024 at 10:00
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Former F1 team principal Guenther Steiner launched a legal action against the American team Haas, for which he worked from 2014 until the end of 2023.
Guenther Steiner has been with Haas since its inception in 2014. In fact, it can be said he was the mastermind behind the operation that made the team eligible to join F1 in 2016.
He then stayed with the team in the position of the team principal until the end of the 2023 season, when the owner of the team, Gene Haas, decided it was time for a change.
Steiner's separation from Haas was unexpected and rather strange, with a few mysterious details. From what could be understood, there was a bit of friction between him and the owner before his exit.
Ever since he left the American F1 team, Steiner has taken on a punditry role and personally attended a few of the races this season. He also became an ambassador for the upcoming Miami Grand Prix weekend.
The 59-year-old now decided to take legal action against his former team. The document details that his third term of employment spanned from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023.
During this time, he was supposed to receive commissions and annual payouts for previous seasons. Steiner suggests that Haas violated the terms of his employment agreement by not paying out certain commissions.
The lawsuit also mentions that the American team kept selling merchandise, with his likeness appearing on it, even after his separation from the team. Steiner apparently didn't get the team's consent to do so and didn't even receive any royalties.

"Haas F1 has no right to use Mr Steiner's name, image, and likeness or to exploit them in any form of media after the termination of his employment."

"Haas F1 has not compensated Mr Steiner for its unauthorised use of his name, image, and likeness."