The new princess on the grid and 11th-place specialist Esteban Gutierrez has revealed that after a lot of aggression towards his own team, he’s decently… no, admirably, decided that it’s best not to rip the personnel who put his car together and work around the clock for him.
Gutierrez has suffered more technical problems than team-mate Romain Grosjean so far in 2016, and is yet to get off the mark with a finish in the points. Grosjean, however, has managed to claim 28 points throughout the season for the American outfit.
It has emerged that Gutierrez has been throwing the toys out of his Haas and verbalizing his own short-comings to the team. But the Mexican now realizes that this approach isn’t the way to go.
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“There have been a few moments in the season where frustration was very high and I admit that. There have also been a lot of moments of desperation where I had to be a bit aggressive with a few people in the team.
When you are a driver doing everything you can – preparing yourself in the best way, being very quick, putting everything together from your side – and then you see very basic mistakes from the team side, it’s like ‘What’s going on?’
But I also have to admit sometimes I was a bit too much on certain occasions. I went and apologised and we’ve become closer and closer and closer as a team.
I put the frustration on one side in order to say ‘Let’s be a team and make it right’. They understood. Those things happen and you need to find the best compromise. Then more mistakes happened, but it was then about keeping calm and keeping going and going and going.
Thankfully I have the support of Gunther [Steiner, team principal], I have the support from the chief engineers and a lot of people on the team. We are all doing our best to improve the team, to make it work because it’s a team of two cars and we want to score points with two cars, not only one.”
Gutierrez must be aware that his inability and misfortune of not getting off the mark is turning him into a one-man blame culture cultivator. His intention and frustration is understandable, but the last thing he should do is start to turn on his own team. He should consider them as allies instead of conjuring an image of faceless disposables. Everything about Gutierrez’ statement paints him as a driver that needs to spend more time criticizing his own performances instead of publicly blasting a team that are still understandably teething in some areas. Haas probably didn’t expect one of the largest voices of criticism to be coming from their own garage.