Esteban Gutierrez admitted that his outburst in the pit lane after retiring from the Brazilian Grand Prix was just ‘passion’ and an act of frustration, and was not aimed at anyone in particular.
The Haas F1 Team racer was seen throwing his racing gloves away after stepping away from his ailing car, and was then grabbed by team owner Guenther Steiner as he continued to show his displeasure of seeing another potential points finish disappear due to an electrical issue that affected him under braking.
Gutierrez however insists the situation was caused by a moment of frustration, and that it has been quickly forgotten about after post-race talks between all parties.
“It was just the wrong timing, the wrong moment,” said Gutierrez to Motorsport.com. “I was not angry with anyone, I was angry at the situation. It’s been like this very often in the season, every time I have an opportunity, something goes wrong.
“I’m not blaming anyone specifically. Guenther approached me at the wrong moment, and everything exploded! There was a bit of passion there.
“We laughed about it afterwards. It’s important to make it clear that it was just the situation, the wrong moment. You can understand that sometimes the adrenaline is high.”