The Haas F1 Team achieved their first double race finish as a Grand Prix outfit as both Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean completed a competitive race distance. Esteban Gutierrez started the race from 18th place and came home in 14th place and speaking following the race the Mexican commented by saying:
It was fun out there today and to finish the race was a big step. I think we can now build on this performance as we prepare for Russia. I really want to thank the guys because they’re doing a great job. The pit stops were fantastic, really consistent. Unfortunately, we didn’t have DRS (Drag Reduction System), so it was difficult to overtake, but overall it was a solid race. We now need to finish inside the points and that’s what we’ll be focusing on, so I’m really looking forward to the next one.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
A difficult race for us, but we took two cars to the finish. The drivers did their jobs. Romain was unlucky at the start, losing part of his front wing. He had to come in for a wing change, which lost him track position and time. The car afterward was very difficult to drive. Good for Esteban finishing 14th. He finished his first race for Haas F1 Team. I think we learned a lot this weekend, and all that we’ve learned we’ll take to Russia and see what we can do there.
Romain Grosjean was left disappointed after a wonderful start to the season with his new team with a sixth place in Australia and a fifth place in Bahrain, the Frenchman ended the Chinese Grand Prix in 19th and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a horrific race. The start was terrible when (Marcus) Ericsson turned into me and got my front wing. From there we had the safety car and I thought, ‘OK, we still have a chance to do something.’ But the balance in the car was nowhere near good. I don’t know what happened. Somehow, it’s positive that we had such a difficult race, because we can analyze what we did wrong, what we did right and what we could have done differently. From there, we can come back stronger. It’s a difficult one after the two first races. Not the birthday I was hoping for.