The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean who made his 100th Grand Prix start scored a point for the American outfit at their very first home race at the Circuit of the Americas.
Following a difficult qualifying on Saturday, Grosjean started the race in Austin from 17th place and made a clean getaway and came home in 10th place giving the American team a valuable point.
The Circuit of the Americas was the scene of Romain Grosjean’s strongest result to date in Formula One when he finished in second place in 2013.
Speaking following Sunday’s race, Grosjean said:
It didn’t go too badly today. It was a bit of a messy first lap, but I managed to get through everything. Then we went with an aggressive strategy trying to go for it. That worked out pretty well, so I’m happy with that. We were lucky that a few cars retired in front of us but, in the end, we needed to finish the race. It’s great to score a point in front of our home crowd. I’m very pleased with that and for the guys, as well. It’s been a long time since we scored. It’s obviously a great thing to be able to score points at the end of the season
While Grosjean scored a point, it was a disappointing race for Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas car. The Mexican who started Sunday’s race from 14th place but was forced to retire from the race due to a brake failure.
Speaking following the race, Gutierrez commented by saying:
Quite a disappointing home race. I really want to thank everyone for all of their unconditional support as we really wanted a better result here in Austin. It all started well, optimizing everything we had in qualifying, and we got off to a great start in the race. The first stint was very strong and we managed to get into the top-10, fighting hard and pushing to the maximum. Unfortunately, a brake problem ended our race. It’s not what we wanted or expected to happen, but we need to continue working very hard as we head to Mexico.
The Haas F1 Team are in eighth place on 26 points ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team. Speaking following the race Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
Half a happy ending to a tough U.S Grand Prix. Romain in the points is fantastic, especially from where we started and how we were struggling at the beginning of the weekend. Very unfortunate race for Esteban. He was doing a good job when he experienced a brake disc failure again. We’ll be investigating what happened and see how we can move forward and sort these problems out, as they are not acceptable. Romain couldn’t race any better with the car we had, so congrats to him. The strategy, which the guys worked on overnight, was just right and it certainly paid off. The team worked hard and really pulled together. We had a difficult Friday and Saturday but we don’t give up. We are racers.