After a frustrating run without scoring, Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner was happy to get a point-paying result in Sunday’s US Grand Prix courtesy of Romain Grosjean.
In his 100th Formula One start, Grosjean drove his Haas VF-16 to a tenth-place finish for the Banbury team. It was Grosjean’s fifth point-paying result this season and his first since the Austrian Grand Prix in July.
Romain getting in the points is fantastic, especially from where we startedGuenther Steiner
Banbury team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez started 14th and also made his presence known by rising to tenth before brake failure ended his race.
Steiner said: “It’s half a happy ending to a tough US Grand Prix. Romain getting in the points is fantastic, especially from where we started and how we were struggling at the beginning of the weekend.
“But it was a very unfortunate race for Esteban. He was doing a good job when he experienced a brake disc failure again.
“We’ll be investigating what happened and see how we can move forward and sort these problems out, as they are not acceptable.
“Romain couldn’t race any better with the car we had, so congratulations to him. The strategy, which the guys worked on overnight, was just right and it certainly paid off.
“The team worked hard and really pulled together, we had a difficult Friday and Saturday but we don’t give up.”
Grosjean said: “It’s great to score a point in front of our home crowd, it’s obviously a great thing to be able to score points at the end of the season.”
Gutiérrez added: “It’s not what we wanted or expected to happen but we need to continue working very hard as we head to Mexico.”
Lewis Hamilton won the race to collect his milestone 50th Formula One victory.
Hamilton closed the gap on his Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg to 26 points.