Esteban Gutierrez: “Today has been a bit frustrating”


Esteban Gutierrez suffered a second day of misery at the Circuit de Catalunya after only being able to complete one solitary installation lap as his Haas F1 Team continued to have turbo issues on their VF-16.

The Mexican had seen his opening day on Tuesday affected by a similar issue, but despite replacing it overnight, an anomaly was found in the replaced unit that resigned the team to another day on the sidelines.

“As you can imagine, today has been a bit frustrating,” said Gutierrez. “However, we’re working really well as a team to resolve the situation. Testing is about solving these issues ahead of the first race.

“The team has been doing a great job working very closely together, preparing the car day and night. I’m confident we’ll have a positive outcome for the rest of the test.”

Team Principal Gunther Steiner admitted the team were working hard to get to the source of the problem and insisted the team are trying to get the car back onto the track when Romain Grosjean takes over from Gutierrez on Thursday.

“We changed the turbocharger last night and this morning on the installation lap we saw an anomaly,” said Steiner. “When the car entered the garage we decided to take the turbocharger off and check it to see what was going on. The aim was to get out again today. Obviously, that wasn’t possible and we didn’t manage any further running.

“These cars are very complex. However, everybody is working hard to get the car ready for tomorrow. We’re very positive we can achieve that and get us back on track. We’ll keep on trying, we’ll keep working hard and then we’ll have success.”