Despite not getting into the points in the opening four races, Haas’ Guenther Steiner has stood by driver Esteban Gutierrez to come right as the season progresses.
With a good chance of scoring points at the Russian Grand Prix, the former Ferrari test driver was hit with a drive-through penalty after he collided with Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg.
Failing to mirror his teammate Romain Grosjean, who has scored points in three out of four races, including an impressive fifth place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Gutierrez has still been backed by Steiner to succeed at Haas.
“I think he has had quite a few unlucky circumstances for him,” the Haas boss revealed to Crash.net.
“It’s getting better, I mean at the start he had a little bit too much wheelspin and then ran in to Hulkenberg.
“What can you do? Hopefully, next time it is better. He needs now to focus on the next race, which he will, and try to do the best.
“In qualifying he was just a little bit behind Romain and he’s doing a good job for the team. He just had a bad start and that ended his race, that was it.
“If you have to come in and you lose all this time in the first lap you are gone.”
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