Haas frustrated over pointless race

By on Sunday, October 9, 2016
Haas F1 Team / LAT Photographic

Haas F1 Team / LAT Photographic

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez did not bring any point to their team after finished 11th and 20th, respectively in the Japanese GP at Suzuka.

Haas drivers had to start the race on the same set of soft tires they used in Q3 and bet on a two-stop strategy to score good results.

Grosjean started the race from seventh and Gutiérrez rolled off in 10th, with the first being pushed wide at the start by Nico Hulkenberg, which dropped him to ninth. Gutiérrez held his position and slotted in behind his teammate.

“Not really the race we wanted today finishing 11th again with one car and 20th with the other having started seventh and 10th. I think a few things happened today – everyone else had a good race and everybody finished, so nobody dropped out”, Haas’ Guenther Steiner says.

“We tried to take the fight to the Williams, but we didn’t manage it in the end. They were able to make a better strategy by starting on tires they wanted, but that’s racing.

“This weekend we’ve seen that our car shows speed and we were also competitive in the race. So, we’re able to take that away from here.”

Despite their pointless weekend, Haas remains eighth in the constructor standings with 28 points. The American squad maintained its 19-point gap to seventh-place Toro Rosso and the 20-point advantage it holds over ninth-place Renault.

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