Gutiérrez: ‘We need to push forward’

By on Monday, September 19, 2016
Haas F1 Team / LAT Photographic

Haas F1 Team / LAT Photographic

Esteban Gutiérrez was Haas’s lone representative in the Singapore Grand Prix as his teammate Romain Grosjean was unable to start due to an issue with his brake-by-wire system.

Gutiérrez started the race from 13th and successfully navigated the chaotic start that sent the Nico Hulkenberg into the wall after contact with Carlos Sainz.

“It wasn’t an easy race, but I think the whole weekend we were pretty consistent. It’s this consistency that’s helping us to understand and work on the details and really try to improve.

“I lost a bit of time at the start and to recover that on track was pretty difficult. Trying to push the tires, I overheated them and they started to drop off at the end of the stint.”

Gutiérrez’s final pit stop came at the end of lap 36 sending him behind Sainz by a little more than nine seconds. Gutiérrez methodically began reeling the Toro Rosso driver in, cutting the gap to less than a second by lap 47.

As Sainz made his final pit stop on lap 48 and Massa also pitting, Gutiérrez was pushed to 11th with 13 laps to go. He held the spot to the end of the race to collect his fifth 11th-place result of the season.

“We ended 11th, so close to the points again. We just need to keep optimistic and push forward.

“I’m proud of the crew. They’ve worked really well together. Although it hasn’t been a simple one this weekend, I believe that Malaysia will be better and we’ll have a better understanding of the car, which will help us attack the front.”

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