Esteban Gutierrez: “I saw an opportunity to score some points”


Esteban Gutierrez - Credit: Haas F1 Team

Esteban Gutierrez felt a points finish was on the cards only for an electrical problem that affected him on braking to end his Brazilian Grand Prix, meaning the Mexican only has one race to score points for the Haas F1 Team.

Gutierrez felt that the pace of his car was good despite the tricky conditions at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace on Sunday, but showed his emotion in the pit garage when he was forced to retire, despite the best efforts of his team to attempt to fix the issue.

“It was a fun race – pretty boring at the beginning, but got much better when we started to race on full wets,” said Gutierrez.  “The conditions were very tricky on track with the wet and the intermediate tyres, and it was all about keeping the car on track. 

“We were picking up a good pace and I was making my way up the grid and saw an opportunity to score some points. Unfortunately, we started to have some electrical problems. I was having power issues on braking and in the corners. In the wet, that’s the worst thing you can have. The team gave their best effort to fix it, but we had to retire the car. 

“Now we’re looking ahead to the final race of the season. It’s another opportunity. We have to stay optimistic and try to do the best with what we have and focus on that.”