Steiner left frustrated as Haas miss out again

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guti�rrez came 11th and 20th in the Japanese Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guti�rrez came 11th and 20th in the Japanese Grand Prix

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Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner must be cursing the number 11.

The Banbury team’s drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez finished 11th and 20th, respectively, just outside the points in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

We tried to take the fight to the Williams but we didn’t quite manage it in the end

Team boss Guenther Steiner

Grosjean began the race from seventh and Gutiérrez rolled off in tenth, the best collective starting position for Haas.

Race winner Nico Rosberg increased his lead over Meredes AMG Petronas team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 33 points in the FIA Driver’s Championship.

Sandwiched between the two Brackley drivers was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. But a first and third place clinched the FIA Constructor’s Championship for Mercedes.

Haas remain eighth in the constructor standings and Steiner said: “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 tyres they wanted.

“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.”

Grosjean added: “It shows a lot of promise for the future. I’m optimistic about these updates and the pace we had in the car.”