The Haas F1 Team were happy with qualifying went for Sunday’s European Grand Prix at the Baku circuit in Azerbaijan as Romain Grosjean will start the race from 11th place is the first driver to be able to select what tyres he wants to start the race on as the top ten are locked into starting the race on the tyres they qualified on.
The Frenchman who set a qualifying time of 01:44.755s will start the race just behind reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Pretty good result at the end of the day. It was the best we could’ve hoped for. Being just outside the top-10 is actually quite good for our strategy and the tires tomorrow. I struggled with the grip and the braking in Q1. I was blocked a couple of times and I was a bit worried. The second run I needed a clean lap and we did that. The car felt great in Q2 and I managed to get some good grip from the tires, which helped a lot. We still have to investigate our brakes a bit to make sure the car is performing better. Generally, it was a good performance from the team. All weekend long it’s been working well, so I’m happy with that.
Esteban Gutierrez will start the race from 15th place having set a qualifying time of 01:45.349s and speaking following the session the Mexican commented by saying:
Today hasn’t been a good day for me. I’ve been struggling a bit with the brakes. On the last lap I took a few risks and I made a small mistake. Unfortunately, I didn’t have another chance after that. Overall, I think sometimes you have to take risks and these things happen. In racing you have to try to make the most of every opportunity and, occasionally, it comes out like this. Looking ahead to tomorrow, we will try to advance as much as we can and get the best out of our performance. The track will allow for some overtaking so it will be a great race to watch.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
A good qualifying for us. Eleventh for Romain, which is a position you want to be in, and 15th for Esteban, which is also a good result. It’s so difficult to predict what’s going to happen at a new track, so I think we could have quite an unpredictable race ahead of us. However, if we keep fighting this hard, avoiding little mistakes, it will certainly make for an interesting race. I’m hoping for a positive and exciting race for us. If we keep out of trouble, hopefully we can go home with points.