Steiner left frustrated by retirements in Malaysia

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guti�rrez suffered retirements in Malaysia
Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guti�rrez suffered retirements in Malaysia

Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner was frustrated after seeing his team’s qualifying performance fail to transmit to the track in Sunday’s Maylaysian Grand Prix.

The race at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur proved to be a frustrating one for the Banbury team with Esteban Gutiérrez and Romain Grosjean both failing to finish.

After we saw light at the end of the tunnel after qualifying, it got dark again on Sunday

Guenther Steiner

Gutiérrez sustained a puncture in the aftermath of the opening-lap skirmish between the Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg while Grosjean had brake failure on lap nine.

After the race, Steiner said: “After we saw light at the end of the tunnel after qualifying, where I think we did a pretty good job, it got dark again on Sunday.

“We don’t really know yet what happened with both of the cars. One had a brake failure and the other, obviously, lost a wheel.

“We’ll have to see what exactly failed with the brakes on Romain’s car. We lost a wheel on Esteban’s car but we’re not sure yet why.

“The pit stop seemed to be okay and he got going. We need to see if a mechanical part failed or if it wasn’t tight but we don’t know yet.

“Obviously, we’re moving on to Japan and we’ll try to put ourselves in a better position again there.”

Grosjean said: “There was a brake failure. We really don’t know what yet but the pedal just went straight to the floor and I had to avoid the car in front of me.

“Our data didn’t suggest anything beforehand. It’s a shame, we did a really good first lap and we were looking at points running inside the top ten.

“Overall, a pretty disappointing weekend but we have to keep our focus and keep the rhythm as we head to Japan.”

Gutiérrez added: We had a fantastic start. It was pretty good up to the first corner when I got a puncture from Kevin [Magnussen] touching behind.

“I had to come back to the pits. The floor was damaged and when I went back out on track I was fighting a lot, pushing to make up places, but the car wasn’t easy to drive.

“We had to retire after my second pit stop as we had a mechanical failure. Overall, a pretty disappointing weekend, but we have to keep our focus and keep the rhythm as we head to Japan.”