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Surviving to Drive: A year inside Formula One

Author: Guenther Steiner

A beautiful and fun insight into life in Formula One as a team principle. The ups the downs and of running a team like Haas F1, this book promises lots of swearing and lessons from the man himself. A side splitting fun read written in a journal format that is or anyone navigating the challenging roads of life.

“We look like a bunch of wankers” – The Netflix series Drive to Survive catapulted Steiner into the very public eye. Everyone bought the t-shirt and since then Guenther has become known all over the world. The Haas Formula 1 boss takes readers through a full F1 season – from hiring and firing drivers to the race calendar itself – in his own fucking swearing style fashion.

This isn’t just a book for those passionate about driving; it’s a life manual for anyone navigating the challenging roads of life. Steiner’s captivating storytelling combined with deep life insights makes it a must-read.

Guenther Steiner has made a name for himself as one of the most recognizable figures in motor racing, largely due to his memorable appearances on Netflix’s hit series, Drive to Survive.

In his book, Surviving to Drive, Steiner, the principal of the Haas F1 team, provides an insider’s perspective of his team’s journey throughout the 2022 season. He offers a candid look at the intricacies of the Formula 1 world, from behind the scenes.

The book captures the myriad of challenges and excitement, from the recruitment and dismissal of drivers, to budgeting, pre-season groundwork, car design, unveiling, and trials. And not to forget, the race schedule itself. This is a groundbreaking account, being the first where an active team principal has fully chronicled a season’s story.

Steiner’s raw honesty, combined with his signature flair, makes for a captivating read about the inner workings of a Formula 1 team.

Some key take aways?

  1. The Road Less Traveled: Steiner emphasises the importance of taking risks and embracing the unknown. Much like in driving, the road less traveled often holds the most profound experiences and learning opportunities.
  2. Adapting to Conditions: Just as a driver must adjust to changing road conditions, we too must adapt to the unpredictable challenges life throws at us. Adaptability is a vital skill, both behind the wheel of a business or team and in the broader journey of life.
  3. Team work: Through various anecdotes, Steiner explores the significance of companionship and teamwork. He illustrates that the journey becomes more bearable, and often more successful, with someone by our side.
  4. The Destination vs. The Journey: One of the most profound messages in the book is that while reaching our destination is important, the journey itself holds immense value. Every twist, turn, and roadblock provides an opportunity for growth and self-discovery.
  5. Have fun and do what you need to do – We get one stab at life, take the risks, pursue your passions and try your best to make it a success. There is always an unfinished destination to embrace the journey you are on. Live, learn, laugh and love. Steiner is an obvious family man and he makes what is important to him absolutely clear in this book.

In conclusion, “Surviving to Drive” isn’t just a book for those passionate about Formula One; it’s a real life insight for anyone navigating the challenges of life. Steiner’s storytelling combined with deep life insights makes it a must-read for anyone.


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