Esteban Gutierrez: “I was feeling very confident”

Esteban Gutierrez has praised the Haas F1 Team for their work and for securing points with Romain Grosjean for a second consecutive race despite seeing his own race ended early with a brake issue in Bahrain on Sunday.

The Mexican was running inside the top eight early during the race, but the second trip to the pits was for good after experiencing issues with his braking system.

Gutierrez remains positive despite not yet having finished a race in 2016, after being the other party in the violent crash of Fernando Alonso in Australia, but feels the pace of the Haas car is there and the team are performing well.

“We have done a fantastic job,” said Gutierrez. “After a great start, where I gained a lot of positions, I was feeling very confident.

“I was very happy with how the car was feeling, and I was managing my tires and fuel well. Unfortunately, we had an issue with the front brake and we felt we couldn’t continue, so I had to retire.

“I’m now looking ahead to China. The team is performing really well. The speed is there and we have a great car. So, I will keep fighting for the next race.”