Haas’ Guenther Steiner: “I think once we got going, it was a pretty good race”

Guenther Steiner talks about their performance at Monza - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner felt the team had a good Italian Grand Prix despite Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez finishing eleventh and thirteenth respectively.

Gutierrez qualified a brilliant tenth but with a sluggish start he dropped well down the field, but managed to recover to thirteenth place.

“Here we go again with an 11th- and a 13th-place finish. I think once we got going, it was a pretty good race. If you take off the first 20 seconds of it, we could have been in a different position with Esteban. He missed the start, and that put him back, but he recovered to finish 13th.

“Romain came from 17th to 11th with a good strategy and good driving and, overall, it was a good effort.”

Steiner was disappointed with the result after a promising qualifying but he was pleased that the team were competing with McLaren.

“Being ahead and fighting with McLaren is something we can be proud of. McLaren is a team that’s been around a long time, and we’re the newcomers. Fighting with them and racing with drivers of the calibre of Button and Alonso makes us proud. But, we still haven’t got any points from today.”

With the European season finished, Haas can be pleased with their debut season so far, sitting eighth in the Constructors Championship on 28 points.