Steiner sees Haas just fall short again

Banbury's Haas F1 Team perform a pit-stop at the Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Banbury's Haas F1 Team perform a pit-stop at the Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
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Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner must be sick of the sight of the number 11.

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

You always want things to be better but we were fighting out there and ended 11th

Guenther Steiner

Steiner said: “Esteban did a good job, he finished, again, in 11th. I’m almost tired to say that now, but it is what it is.

“You always want things to be better but we were fighting out there and ended up 11th.

“I think Romain happy the weekend’s over and he can focus on the next one. His weekend started badly and ended worse by not even starting the race due to a brake-by-wire issue.

“We’re still investigating why it happened on his lap to the grid. I think the only thing for him is onward and upward, and Esteban keeps improving. Now we get ready for Malaysia.”

Gutiérrez said: “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 tyres, I overheated them and they started to drop off at the end of the stint.

“We just need to keep optimistic and push forward.

“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.”

Fifteen rounds into the 21-race Formula One schedule, Haas remain eighth in the constructor standings with 28 points. Toro Rosso increased its margin over the Banbury team to 19 points as Daniil Kvyat finished ninth, while ninth-place Renault cut the gap on Haas F1 Team to 21 points as Kevin Magnussen finished tenth.