Esteban Gutierrez: “Hopefully, our car is well adapted to the circuit”


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Ahead of the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix, Esteban Gutierrez hopes the VF-16 will adapt well to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

The Haas F1 Team driver achieved a second consecutive eleventh place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of the Williams Martini Racing of Valtteri Bottas after the Finn was penalised ten seconds for hitting the Mexican on the final lap.  That and the same result in Spain are his best results of the 2016 Formula 1 Championship after already retiring twice at the beginning of the season.

The Mexican is looking forward to his return to Montreal when he participates for the first time for Haas F1.

“It’s been a challenging start to the season, but now we have some consistency and we can build a lot from that,” said Gutierrez. “I’ll keep pushing. And the team is doing a great job of learning more about the car, becoming more efficient in developing the car’s setup throughout the race weekend. We’re on track to achieve the results we want and earn as many points as possible.

“Montreal is a pretty low downforce track. It’s very smooth and there are many, many long straights. I’m really looking forward to getting there and driving the track. It’s always great to be back in Montreal. It’s usually a challenge to make the tires work, and I think that’s going to be the key point of the whole weekend. It’s very similar to Monza, with a lot of long straights and low downforce. It’s important to have a good car mechanically. Hopefully, our car is well adapted to the circuit.”