Gene Haas receives acquisition offer from Hollywood consortium led by Ryan Reynolds – “They wanted to talk to us”

Gene Haas caught the entire F1 paddock by surprise when he announced the team’s decision to part ways with long-term team principal Guenther Steiner earlier this week.

With the exit of Steiner, it was believed that Gene may be preparing to sell his team to Andretti, who have been keen on entering the pinnacle of motorsport. However, the Haas owner has refuted these claims while also discussing an approach to buy his team from a leading Hollywood star.

Gene Haas and Ryan Reynolds. Credit: firstsportz.com
Gene Haas and Ryan Reynolds. Credit: firstsportz.com

Steiner was not the only integral member to leave Haas this week, with technical officer Simone Resta also returning to Ferrari following his loan deal. Steiner’s replacement has already been announced in Ayao Komatsu, while Resta’s position remains vacant.

Last year, Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds along with a consortium of American owners acquired a 24 per cent stake in the Alpine F1 team and Gene Haas has confirmed that a similar approach was made with respect to his own outfit.

“We have had outside investors come in, and they wanted to talk to us,” he said.

Steiner’s exit came on the back of a fruitless run for the American team in recent years, with two last-place finishes in the previous three seasons.

Although Steiner had established himself as a fan-favourite owing to his no-nonsense personality seen in the Netflix docu-series Drive to Survive, eventually Gene felt that he needed someone else to drive the team forward.

It is a notion that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner completely understands, having sacked Steiner for a lack of ‘technical acumen’ before he linked up with Haas.

“Guenther was and is a character but it was obvious he was not a technical leader,” Horner said.

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