Haas F1 Team just missed a point-scoring result in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Esteban Gutiérrez drove his VF-16 from 18th-place on the grid to finish 11th, one spot out of the points. But his Banbury team-mate Romain Grosjean endured a difficult race, as he was forced to retire with brake problems ten laps short of the chequered flag.
It was our most difficult race and our most eventful race of the yearTeam boss Guenther Steiner
Gutiérrez’s 11th-place effort at the Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya was his best of the season. But Grosjean sustained a broken front wing on lap 38 before a brake problem ended his race.
The result dropped Haas F1 to sixth in the constructor standings and the Banbury team are now four points behind fifth-place Toro Rosso and eight points ahead of seventh-place Force India.
Team boss Guenther Steiner said: “It was a very eventful race for us with both our drivers. “It shows we are there when we need to be there. All in all, it was our most difficult race and our most eventful race of the year. It’s part of the game, it doesn’t always go perfectly.”
Gutiérrez said: “It was a very tricky weekend for us, which started with a few problems on Friday. However, the team did a great job in recovering.
“In the race, I was doing my best from the beginning to the end. I think we could have done a bit better with the tyres.
“It wasn’t straightforward for us to finish in the points but we’re finding more consistency in the car, which will give us more opportunity to go forward.”
Grosjean added: “I had a very good start, a very good first lap, and I managed to get into the top ten.
“We came back to the pits, fitted a new nose, got some tires, but then the brakes went. We really need to find out what’s going on because we reverted back on most of the set-up, and we’re still very much struggling with the balance.
“Testing this week is going to be very important for us.”