Esteban Gutierrez: “We’re not where we want to be”

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Esteban Gutierrez finished the eighth round of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the Baku City Circuit in sixteenth for Haas F1 Team.

The Mexican had a bad start to the European Grand Prix after he had contact with the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg into Turn 1. On lap eight, Gutierrez came into the pits to change his front wing and tyres to the Soft compound. Gutierrez pitted once more to change to the Supersoft Pirelli compound to carry him to the end of the race.

Gutierrez believes the American-led team now need to keep their focus on the next race at the Red Bull Ring.

“It wasn’t a good day for us,” said Gutierrez. “I had some damage to the car at the start, and then after that, I was just trying to recover as much as I could.

“We didn’t have the pace to attack the front. I was struggling to overtake and to regain positions. Overall, it wasn’t a great day. Now we need to keep our focus for the next race and keep optimistic.

“We’re not where we want to be, but we’ll keep pushing and try to optimize everything to get the most from the car for Austria.”