Esteban Gutierrez was the victim of another braking problem for the Haas F1 Team as the Mexican was an early retiree from the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
Gutierrez had run inside the top ten in the opening laps of the teams first ever home Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas but dropped down the order before running off track when his brake by wire system failed.
The retirement, his fourth of the season, means the Mexican is still seeking his first points finish of the season, but the next race comes at his own home circuit in Mexico City.
“Quite a disappointing home race,” said Gutierrez. “I really want to thank everyone for all of their unconditional support as we really wanted a better result here in Austin.
“It all started well, optimizing everything we had in qualifying, and we got off to a great start in the race. The first stint was very strong and we managed to get into the top-10, fighting hard and pushing to the maximum.
“Unfortunately, a brake problem ended our race. It’s not what we wanted or expected to happen, but we need to continue working very hard as we head to Mexico.”