He once fired Mick Schumacher, now Günther Steiner is becoming an RTL expert

He once fired Mick Schumacher, now Günther Steiner is becoming an RTL expert

Günther Steiner used to be team boss of the Haas Formula 1 racing team and fired Mick Schumacher, who he didn’t think was good enough. Steiner is now becoming an RTL expert for seven races.

RTL has a new Formula 1 expert: Former team boss Günther Steiner will take over the job for the seven races that the Cologne broadcaster will broadcast live in the coming season. RTL announced the new personnel on Friday. Steiner led the US racing team Haas from 2014 to the end of 2023 and was boss of Mick Schumacher and Nico Hülkenberg, among others. He will appear for the first time alongside presenter Florian König at the season opener on the first weekend in March in Bahrain.

“I will say what I think, but logically remain neutral. But I speak plainly. I will try to pass on the information I receive to the audience as best as possible,” explained Steiner.

Günther Steiner is famous for the Netflix documentary

Steiner became a cult figure for Formula 1 fans through the Netflix documentary series “Drive to Survive”. The streaming service had stylized the 58-year-old’s insults into a means of entertainment. Fans counted how many times the Italian said the swear word “fuck” in an episode. He made himself unpopular among German Formula 1 fans because he publicly criticized the young Schumacher and ultimately kicked him out of the team. Since then, Schumacher has not found a new cockpit in Formula 1 and is a reserve and test driver at Mercedes.

RTL and the pay-TV broadcaster Sky have agreed on the seven Formula 1 races that the Cologne broadcaster will show on free TV this year. Accordingly, in addition to the opening Grand Prix in Sakhir/Bahrain (March 2nd), RTL also reports on the race weekends in Budapest (July 21st), Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium (July 28th), Zandvoort/Netherlands (August 25th). , Monza (September 1st), Baku/Azerbaijan (September 15th) and Las Vegas (November 24th).

The agreement is part of a two-year partnership between Sky and long-standing rights holder RTL. The dominance of Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen cost Sky many viewers last season.

Note: The star belongs to RTL Deutschland.

Source: Stern

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