Esteban Gutierrez praised the Haas Formula 1 engineers after recovering from a tough Friday to qualify 16th for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.
Gutierrez said on Friday that he felt the struggles that the team was facing with its VF-16 car was making him look “very bad” to those on the outside.
However, the Mexican appeared more at ease in qualifying as he comfortably made it through to Q2 before finishing 16th overall.
“It was a great effort from the whole team to recover after the problems from yesterday,” Gutierrez said.
“Today, I really enjoyed extracting the maximum on every run. I found a little inconsistency between the different sets of tires, but that’s something we can look into and try to improve to really get the best out of our setup.
“Now I’m looking ahead to the race tomorrow and fighting for positions. I’m excited to get back out there.”
Teammate Romain Grosjean led Haas’ charge in P14, and although the Frenchman feels there is work to be done, he was happy with the result.
“I think we did a great job and everyone worked very hard overnight to get a better car,” Grosjean said.
“It’s very close and very tight in terms of lap times. We couldn’t make it to Q3, but we weren’t that far off.
“We need to find some more speed but, generally, I’m very pleased with the way we worked. I’m very proud of all the guys.”
The Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET on Sunday.