Esteban Gutierrez claims that the problems that the new Haas Formula 1 Team is facing with its car are making him look bad.
Gutierrez joined NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ new F1 operation at the beginning of the season after spending a year in a reserve role with Ferrari.
The Mexican is yet to score points with Haas, enduring a points drought in F1 that dates back to the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix when he finished seventh for Sauber.
Gutierrez finished 17th in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday before ending the second session 21st overall, and was limited to nine laps in the afternoon by an electrical issue.
Speaking to reporters after practice, Gutierrez made no secret of his frustration, saying that the issues with the car mean his results do not reflect the work he is putting in.
“I honestly put myself aside from this because it’s not really my responsibility to fix the car,” Gutierrez said.
“The team has to get on top of this. I am here to drive, to drive as fast as possible and it is what I really love doing.
“It’s not nice because it’s making me look very bad to the outside as a driver.
“All the f*****g great job I’m doing on the inside is not really perceived by the outside.
“So it’s a little bit frustrating on that side and also showing my pace I’ve been quick on everything, I just hope to get the car that I deserve in order to put the results on the paper.”
Despite his struggles, Gutierrez said that he does not feel under pressure to perform, believing that it instead lies with those responsible for the issues with the car.
“I don’t worry about myself. At the moment I feel very good,” Gutierrez said.
“Every time I drive the car I enjoy it a lot, I’m on top of everything and I’m doing my best with what I have.
“But this pressure is not on me, this pressure is on the people responsible for it.”