Haas’ Guenther Steiner: “Romain couldn’t race any better”

Esteban Gutierrez - Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic

Guenther Steiner admitted the United States Grand Prix was a tough race for his Haas F1 Team, but was delighted to see Romain Grosjean secure a point in their first home Grand Prix.

The Team Principal of the American team felt the Frenchman drove as good as he could with the car at his disposal, having started down in seventeenth position on the grid following a disappointing qualifying effort.

On the flip side, Steiner was disappointed that Esteban Gutierrez was forced into an early retirement with another brake issue, a problem that has caused many issues for the Haas team in 2016.

“Half a happy ending to a tough U.S Grand Prix,” said Steiner. “Romain in the points is fantastic, especially from where we started and how we were struggling at the beginning of the weekend.

“Very unfortunate race for Esteban. He was doing a good job when he experienced a brake disc failure again. We’ll be investigating what happened and see how we can move forward and sort these problems out, as they are not acceptable.

“Romain couldn’t race any better with the car we had, so congrats to him. The strategy, which the guys worked on overnight, was just right and it certainly paid off. The team worked hard and really pulled together. We had a difficult Friday and Saturday but we don’t give up. We are racers.”