Haas F1 Team just missed a point-scoring result in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza with Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez finishing 11th and 13th, respectively.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the race by a stout 15.070 seconds over his Brackley team-mate Lewis Hamilton, further tightening the championship battle.
Rosberg’s second straight victory lopped seven points from Hamilton’s advantage, thinning the margin to just two points. The victory was Rosberg’s 21st career Formula One victory, his seventh of the season and his first at Monza.
Fourteen rounds into the 21-race Formula One schedule, Haas remains eighth in the constructor standings with 28 points. There was no movement on either side of the American squad, as seventh-place Toro Rosso and ninth-place Renault failed to score points.
Hass F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner said: “I think once we got going, it was a pretty good race. If you take off the first 20 seconds of it, we could have been in a different position with Esteban.
“Unfortunately, none of the big boys dropped out, so we ended up 11th again.
“We showed that we have some speed at this kind of track. Hopefully, we can bring that forward to some of the upcoming tracks we visit.
“Being ahead and fighting with McLaren is something we can be proud of. McLaren is a team that’s been around a long time and we’re the newcomers.”
Grosjean said: “I think we were just lacking a little bit of speed in the race to make the points.
“We just need to learn what we can do better for the next race.”
Gutiérrez added: “It wasn’t very easy but we kept ourselves together and pushed really hard to recover everything we could.
“What we lost in the beginning was too much to get back to where we started.”