Gutierrez remaining optimistic amid Haas struggles

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Esteban Gutierrez is doing all he can to remain optimistic and upbeat despite failing to score any points with Haas in the opening 10 races of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Gutierrez joined Haas for its debut season in F1, having previously raced for Sauber in 2013 and 2014 before joining Ferrari in a reserve role.

The Mexican has finished 11th on three occasions in 2016, but is still yet to end his points drought dating back to the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix.

Last time out at Silverstone, Gutierrez finished 16th in a race that proved to be one of the toughest for Haas since making its debut.

Nevertheless, he remains upbeat about Haas’ chances heading to next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

“We are optimistic that we are making good progress and having more consistency, and this has been shown in the good qualifying sessions and through the weekend showing consistent, good pace,” Gutierrez said.

“Unfortunately, during the race there was 10 degrees less in track temperature, which affected the tire performance and is a point that we need to improve.

“It was definitely not the race we expected, but we have to keep our optimism very high for the following two races, especially for Budapest.”

Gutierrez has fond memories of the Hungaroring, the track being the site of his first single-seater test in Europe almost 10 years ago.

“The Hungaroring for me is a special track. It’s the first track I tested in Europe back at the end of 2007 when I tested Formula BMW, so it brings me great memories every time I come back there,” Gutierrez said.

“I have achieved great results, so mainly from that point of view, I’m happy to be back. It is a slow track, but it has also quick corners and a very interesting layout.”