Steiner set for Gutierrez talks in Abu Dhabi


Guenther Steiner - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Guenther Steiner will sit down with Esteban Gutierrez during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend to discuss the events at the Brazilian Grand Prix, which started with the news that the Mexican was to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen in 2017 and ended with an angry showdown in the pit lane after the Haas F1 Team driver retired.

Team Principal Steiner was seen grabbing the arm of Gutierrez after the Mexican was forced to retire due to an electrical problem at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, with Gutierrez showing frustration to seeing another chance of a first points finish disappear.

With the news coming ahead of the weekend that Magnussen would be leaving the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team to replace Gutierrez, the showdown in the pit lane was full of emotion on the Mexican’s part, but Steiner is going to sit down with the outgoing Haas driver in Abu Dhabi to talk things through.

“I think it is emotional when you are told something like this,” said Steiner on f1i.com. “I respect that and therefore I don’t want to get into I say, he says. He has his feelings. The feelings were hurt, which I understand and respect as well. But I don’t want to go back and explain what the criteria was.

“It was fair and very subjective as well, but set in a moment where he was emotional by the decision and everything, it could be something different when he thinks about it in a few days.

“For me to sit here and discuss whether we were fair or not, I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to wash dirty underwear in public. I will talk with him, and I told him in Abu Dhabi I want to sit down again with him and explain when he has calmed down.”