Esteban Gutierrez finished eleventh for the fifth time in 2016 in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and is still seeking his first points of the season.
The Haas F1 Team driver felt there were positives to take away from the Marina Bay Street Circuit however, with his VF16 feeling consistent throughout the race, which bodes well for the upgrade they brought to Singapore this weekend.
Gutierrez felt he lost some time at the start of the race that made him overheat his tyres as he tried to recover, which ultimately cost him towards the end of the stint, but the Mexican was proud of his team after a far from simple weekend.
“It wasn’t an easy race, but I think the whole weekend we were pretty consistent,” said Gutierrez. “It’s this consistency that’s helping us to understand and work on the details and really try to improve.
“I lost a bit of time at the start and to recover that on track was pretty difficult. Trying to push the tires, I overheated them and they started to drop off at the end of the stint. However, we ended 11th, so close to the points again. We just need to keep optimistic and push forward.
“I’m proud of the crew. They’ve worked really well together. Although it hasn’t been a simple one this weekend, I believe that Malaysia will be better and we’ll have a better understanding of the car, which will help us attack the front.”