Social media irony after Gunther Steiner’s departure from Haas with memes involving former Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto as well.
Gunther Steiner and Mattia Binotto have been lifelong friends, and now they have something in common. Both are officially former team principals. The first one left his role at Haas with immediate effect yesterday, causing panic among Formula 1 enthusiasts. In his place, Japanese engineer Ayao Komatsu will take over. The other, on the other hand, left the Ferrari team at the end of December 2022, being replaced by the new Team Principal Fred Vasseur.
The fact that Gunther Steiner will no longer be part of F1 – at least for now, as there is no news about his next job – is a significant factor for Netflix.
Indeed, “Drive to Survive” has become very popular across the ocean. It is the most-watched sports program on the streaming platform. The docuseries had turned Gunther Steiner into a successful character among Formula 1 enthusiasts. His departure, according to many, complicates things for Netflix, which will now have to find a replacement to focus on for the next season.
The web wasted no time in making fun of Steiner’s exit, who can now reunite with his friend Mattia Binotto. Many users on X.com had fun commenting on the situation using the common language of social media: memes.
“Me and my best friend unemployed on a Wednesday afternoon,” writes someone, sharing the image from “Drive to Survive,” in which Gunther Steiner and Mattia Binotto visit the latter’s vineyards.
“How will the producers of ‘Drive to Survive’ take this news?” wonders another user, making a playful comment.
“They came back after Christmas, built the car, took a look at the simulator, and said, ‘Nah, you’re done,'” comments someone else.