Gutierrez: Finishing 11th is ‘getting boring’

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Haas Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez says finishing 11th is “getting boring” as his points drought approaches three years.

Gutierrez joined NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ eponymous F1 operation for its debut season in 2016, having previously spent two years racing with Sauber in 2013 and 2014.

Haas’ charge has been led by Romain Grosjean so far this season, the Frenchman scoring all 28 of its points in the opening 12 races.

Gutierrez has come close to the top 10 on a number of occasions, recording four 11th-place finishes, much to the Mexican’s frustration.

“It’s starting to get boring to finish in 11th position,” Gutierrez said.

“It has been better and better for me every race, less problems, more consistency. It’s not nice to finish races too many times in 11th position.

“But I’m convinced that I will get my chances, as there’s still half of the season left and I know what I’m capable of.

“Finishing in front of my teammate is the first goal, but it’s not enough for me.”

Gutierrez’s last points came in the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix when he finished seventh for Sauber, which remains his only top-10 finish in F1.