Haas disappointed to leave first North American race empty handed

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Team principal Guenther Steiner made no secret of his disappointment after Haas left its first Formula 1 race in North America empty handed on Sunday.

Haas arrived in Canada hopeful of picking up its first points since the Russian Grand Prix at the beginning of May, having struggled for pace in Spain and Monaco.

Drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean looked well-placed to score points from 13th and 14th on the grid, but could only finish where they started as cold temperatures made warming tires a challenge for the American team in Montreal.

“It was a little bit of a disappointing race for us,” Steiner admitted.

“However, we finished with two cars, so that’s certainly a positive. We tried hard and had a few challenges and ended up 13th and 14th. Some races things just don’t go as smoothly as you’d hope they would.

“We struggled with tire management. We had to come in and change them, and then we ended up changing them again.

“We also had a problem with the front wing on Romain’s car near the start. However, we’re now focusing on the race next weekend at Baku.”

“We’re not far from the points. I was up to P11 or so, trying to fight hard and doing everything I could, and then the front wing went,” Grosjean said.

“That third pit stop definitely cost us everything we had been working for. We need to look more deeply into that issue to get it sorted.

“There are plenty of other areas where we can improve but, generally, the more we do, the more we understand the car and the better things get.

“Flying to Canada and not scoring any points is difficult. I’m sure the next race will be another step, and if we learn more, the better we’ll get.”

Gutierrez believes that Haas needs to focus on tire management in the coming races, having seen his F1 points drought extend once again.

“It wasn’t an easy race. I was struggling a lot to get the tires to work and then at the end of every stint it was difficult to keep the temperature in them, and once you start losing that the car starts to slide and it’s like driving on ice,” Gutierrez said.

“This weekend we knew it was going to be very tough with the cool weather, but now we need to analyze how we can compensate and try to put more emphasis into the tires to make them work to give us an easier race.

“I didn’t enjoy it too much as I’m not feeling very well, but the weekend is now over and I’m looking forward to Baku.”