Esteban Gutierrez took positives from his display in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix despite finishing 11th for the third time in the past six races.
Gutierrez has not scored a point in Formula 1 since the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix, a drought that is approaching three years.
The Haas F1 driver battled for a place in the top 10 through much of the race in Singapore, only to finish around 20 seconds adrift of Renault’s Kevin Magnussen in P10.
Gutierrez now has five 11th-place finishes to his name in 2016, and has spent 116 laps in 11th place so far this season – more than any other driver.
“It wasn’t an easy race, but I think the whole weekend we were pretty consistent. It’s this consistency that’s helping us to understand and work on the details and really try to improve,” Gutierrez said.
“I lost a bit of time at the start and to recover that on track was pretty difficult. Trying to push the tires, I overheated them and they started to drop off at the end of the stint.
“However, we ended 11th, so close to the points again. We just need to keep optimistic and push forward.
“I’m proud of the crew. They’ve worked really well together. Although it hasn’t been a simple one this weekend, I believe that Malaysia will be better and we’ll have a better understanding of the car, which will help us attack the front.”
Gutierrez was Haas’ sole finisher – and, in fact, starter – in Singapore after teammate Romain Grosjean failed to make the grid due to a brake-by-wire issue.