Gutierrez apologised to Haas for rants

Date published: August 19 2016

Esteban Gutierrez has revealed that he has apologised to members of the Haas team after getting a “bit aggressive” in the midst of his troubles.

While team-mate Romain Grosjean already has 28 points in the bag, Gutierrez has yet to get off the mark this season.

This has caused frustrations for the Mexican driver, who at times has hit out at the Haas team.

At the Spanish Grand Prix he claimed that Haas are “making me look very bad” while in the wake of the Austrian GP he held “very direct” talks with the team.

“There have been a few moments in the season where frustration was very high and I admit that,” Gutierrez told Autosport.

“There have also been a lot of moments of desperation where I had to be a bit aggressive with a few people in the team.

“When you are a driver doing everything you can – preparing yourself in the best way, being very quick, putting everything together from your side – and then you see very basic mistakes from the team side, it’s like ‘What’s going on?’

“But I also have to admit sometimes I was a bit too much on certain occasions.

“I went and apologised and we’ve become closer and closer and closer as a team.”

He added: “I put the frustration on one side in order to say ‘Let’s be a team and make it right’.

“They understood. Those things happen and you need to find the best compromise.

“Then more mistakes happened, but it was then about keeping calm and keeping going and going and going.

“Thankfully I have the support of Guenther [Steiner, team principal], I have the support from the chief engineers and a lot of people on the team.

“We are all doing our best to improve the team, to make it work because it’s a team of two cars and we want to score points with two cars, not only one.”

Gutierrez concedes it has to come from him as well as complaining about the team does not help the situation.

“From the outside it looks so bad that it put a big compromise on my image and the perception other people have on my career and how they see my performance.

“But of course, at some point I have to be more clever than that, to put that to one side and focus on the things I’m doing right and are my responsibility.”