After his crash with Fernando Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix over the weekend, Haas racer Esteban Gutierrez is eager to show the Formula One world just how powerful the car really is.
The Mexican suffered an early blow at the Grand Prix, being forced to retire on lap 18 after his collision with Alonso, as his teammate Romain Grosjean powered through the rest of the race and ended up finishing sixth overall.
The Frenchman's result did not come as a surprise to Gutierrez as he knew that the Haas car was capable of challenging teams towards the top half of the grid.
"It is a good car but unfortunately we had some issues at the start with power delivery and lost around 10 seconds which is quite a lot," Gutierrez told crash.net.
"I was able to recover the time and the pace was pretty good. We know the potential is there and we will keep working forward.
"It's not the race I was hoping for. The most important thing is Fernando and I are both OK.
“The car was handling well and the results show we can be very competitive. Romain did a great job for the team, to achieve points in our first race is fantastic."