Esteban Gutierrez: “I wish we could have been able to deliver something better this weekend”


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Esteban Gutierrez struggled with the brakes on his Haas VF-16 during the Mexican Grand Prix, not an ideal situation while you’re trying to climb up the grid.

The Haas F1 Team driver started the Grand Prix in seventeenth and was able to survive an incident between himself, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein through turn one. Gutierrez emerged unscathed and jumped up to fourteenth. From here however, the Mexican was unable to manage this position, with him slowly dropping down the grid.

He saw the chequered flag in nineteenth, ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean. Gutierrez had to take care of the brakes, as the team struggled with them overheating, and this wasn’t ideal as he was trying to fight for positions, but ultimately, the only thing to do was to finish the Grand Prix.

“It was an incredible experience,” said Gutierrez. “We were pushing all the way, pushing all the limits we could with the car we had.

“I had to take care of the brakes as we were struggling with the cooling of them, so I had to brake a lot earlier than I would have liked to. This wasn’t ideal when trying to fight your way up the grid, but it’s the only thing we could do to finish the race.”

Despite wishing he could have been able to deliver something better at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, it was an amazing weekend for Gutierrez in front of his home fans.

“I wish we could have been able to deliver something better this weekend,” added Gutierrez. “Unfortunately, we were not able to this time. However, it was an amazing weekend – racing in my home country in front of all the Mexican people – and I really want to thank them because they’ve really made it a race to remember.”