Red Bull Ring ‘a little bit old school’ – Esteban Gutierrez


Esteban Gutierrez - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Gutierrez heads to the Red Bull Ring still looking for his first points since his return to Formula 1 at the beginning of the season, with the Haas F1 Team driver excited for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The Mexican has twice finished just outside the points in eleventh in 2016 in both Spain and Monaco, but is looking to better those results this weekend around a circuit he enjoys racing around, although his only previous visit to the track back in 2014 heralded only a nineteenth place finish.

“It’s quite unique because it’s a little bit old school and has a lot of fast corners, which I enjoy a lot,” said Gutierrez. “It’s a pretty short circuit – not many corners – so the times are pretty tight, and very competitive in qualifying.

“It’s an extra challenge to make everything as perfect as possible, or as close to perfect as possible.

“I love the two fast corners to the left on the infield, which makes it very interesting, and also the last part when you enter into a very high-speed corner after the back straight, followed by a banked corner. It’s pretty nice to go through there.

“The wind makes some effects because you have the trees, which are pretty high, so the wind is flowing in some parts of the circuit in a different way than in others, so it makes it a bit more challenging in that way.”