The Haas F1 Team returned to the points at the Sochi circuit on Sunday as Romain Grosjean finished the Russian Grand Prix in eighth place. The result means that the Frenchman and the new American team have scored points in three of their four opening Grand Prix.
The Haas F1 Team find themselves in fifth place in the championship on 22 points, five ahead of Toro Rosso.
Speaking following the race, Romain Grosjean commented by saying:
It’s great to be back in the points, especially after a very difficult weekend where we were never very happy with the car. It was a good first lap to avoid all the incidents, and then I kept (Sergio) Perez behind. There are still so many things we can improve on the car. I’m still not a hundred percent happy with the behavior. I think for the next race it’s going to be so much better. It’s very positive knowing that we have something that will become better.
While Grosjean was back in the points, his team mate Esteban Gutierrez who started the race from 16th place just behind Grosjean and finished the race in 17th place. Speaking following the race the Mexican commented by saying:
It was a tough race from the beginning. It was definitely not a nice start. I arrived at the first corner with a lot of space in front and I braked but, unfortunately, I couldn’t stop the car and I ran into Nico (Hulkenberg). It’s a shame not only for me but for him, as well. I tried to do my best to recover the race but, obviously, we got the penalty and lost a lot of track time. However, I pushed until the end and we managed to finish the race, which was a good thing. We now need to focus on the next race in Barcelona.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
A fantastic result for the team being in the points. After the last two days of testing and qualifying, we didn’t expect to finish eighth. However, we were always aiming for the points and we pulled it off again. A big thanks to everyone for a great team effort. Obviously, it was very unfortunate for Esteban after his incident at the start, but he will get back from this and hopefully he’ll be in the points soon. It was a great race from Romain to keep his position, fighting left, right and center. It makes F1 interesting. It was a great race.