Haas hold on to eighth spot despite Silverstone setback

The Haas F1 pit-stop crew swing into action at Silverstone
The Haas F1 pit-stop crew swing into action at Silverstone

Banbury’s Haas F1 Team had a frustrating day at Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Esteban Gutiérrez finished 16th but Romain Grosjean had to retire from the Banbury team’s debut race at Silverstone.

The pace we had just wasn’t enough to get further up the grid

Esteban Gutiérrez

A week after scoring its best collective finish at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, Haas experienced its worst collective result in the British Grand Prix.

The damage, however, was negligible, as seventh-place McLaren and ninth-place Renault also finished outside the points. Haas remains eighth in the constructor standings with 28 points, keeping its four-point margin to McLaren and its 22-point buffer over Renault.

Gutiérrez said: “I lost quite a bit of time at the beginning with the first pit stop, and then there was a late call on the second stop. The pace we had just wasn’t enough to get further up the grid, but we’ll keep pushing as we look ahead to the next event.”

Grosjean added: “The weekend didn’t end positively as we had a technical issue in the race, forcing our retirement.

“We were very slow on intermediate tyres and that’s something we need to work on and understand.”