Esteban Gutierrez: “I was struggling to get the confidence from the car”

Esteban Gutierrez - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Esteban Gutierrez admitted to losing confidence in his car when he switched to the Ultrasoft Pirelli tyre after finishing outside the points in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mexican racer was running inside the top ten during the wetter opening to the race in the principality, but was unable to retain that when the track dried, with the Haas F1 Team driver ultimately being classified eleventh once Valtteri Bottas was handed a ten-second penalty for causing a collision.

Gutierrez revealed that once confidence has been dented at Monaco, it is a tricky place to drive, but hopes the Haas teams first experience of the street circuit will help them find consistency going forward.

“It was a pretty difficult race,” admitted Gutierrez. “I’ve mixed feelings, as the first part was very good. We had a really great pace in the wet.

“However, when we changed to the Ultrasoft, I was struggling to get the confidence from the car. It started to be a bit difficult and in Monte Carlo, when you don’t have the confidence, it pulls you back quite a lot. 

“Overall, I think there are a lot of things we can learn as a team to try and find more consistency and understand the tires better, which was the main focus from today.”