Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 driver quotes ahead of Italian Grand-Prix

Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 driver quotes ahead of Italian Grand-Prix

30.08.2016: 2016 Italian Grand Prix - Monza Formula 1 Round 14/21 02-04 September 2016 Ferrari and Dallara are two Italian companies that are technical partners of Haas

2016 Italian Grand Prix - Monza
Formula 1  Round 14/21
02-04 September 2016




 
Ferrari and Dallara are two Italian companies that are technical partners of Haas F1 Team. How has their collective insight helped make Haas F1 Team so competitive in its first year in Formula One?



“I think it’s been really important to acquire the experience from Ferrari and Dallara. We gained a lot of knowledge, and from that point of view, it’s been a crucial part of our success.”
 



You’ve spent a lot of time with Ferrari, first with Ferrari power during your time at Sauber in 2013-2014 and then as the third driver with Scuderia Ferrari in 2015 before joining Haas F1 Team this year, where we also use Ferrari power. How helpful has it been to have such a deep understanding of Ferrari, its people and its methodology?



“It’s been really important. Ferrari works in a very particular way, which I find very nice and interesting, but you need to really understand the background in order to work efficiently.


For example, the change of engines from one year to another was a big, big difference, and to have been through that transition helped me come here with a lot of experience.”
 




Prior to the summer shutdown, you were able to climb back into a Ferrari and test the 2017 Pirelli tires while driving a 2015-era car. How did it go and what kind of insight can you provide regarding the wider tires that will be used next year in Formula One?



“The tires are wider and you have more mechanical grip, which is what we are aiming for. We will have more downforce and it was great to get a preview of that in order to prepare myself, and also for the team to get a good idea, and for Pirelli as well to develop the right tires we need for next season.” 
 





You set the fastest speed at Monza in the final year of the V-8 era (2013) when you wheeled your Ferrari-powered Sauber to a top speed of 341.1 kph (211.950 mph).  What was it like to extract that much speed from the car over the course of the track’s 5.793-kilometer (3.6-mile) layout?



“It was great! It was crazy because I remember exactly that moment when I was in the race with the DRS on, maximum speed, and I got a lot of speed down the straight into braking and it was quite an impressive feeling.”
 




Monza is the fastest track Formula One visits. What allows you to reach such high speeds at Monza?



“It’s interesting because you have a lot of high-speed sections, mainly straight-line sections with very low downforce, and this is directly affecting the braking of the slow-speed corners.


When you have a long period of time when you’re braking, obviously the downforce is important, but the fact that you get very low downforce on this track, you need to cope with the car in different ways and you need to adapt the setup for that.”
 



Where are the overtaking opportunities at Monza?


“Basically, everywhere. You have turn one and you have turn four, as well as before the Parabolica. It’s a track that provides a lot of overtaking.”
 





Is overtaking at Monza a bit like a drag race where it’s about who can get on the power the fastest and most effectively?



“Yes, definitely.”
 




Monza is a track with a lot of history and home to some of Formula One’s most passionate fans. Can you describe the atmosphere there?



“It’s one of the classics. The people, the atmosphere, the Italians, Ferrari fans, and we’re using Ferrari engines, so it’s great to come there and enjoy nice support from the Italians, especially for me being part of Ferrari last year directly as a third driver put me very close to Italy.”
 



Have you had the opportunity to walk around the old portions of Monza, specifically the oval? If so, what ran through your mind when you saw the banking and realized cars in the late 1950s and early 1960s actually raced wheel-to-wheel on that track?



“Yes I did, and I wish that we could race that corner now. It would be fantastic. It’s incredible how steep it is, and you can only imagine in your mind how it was in those times, how crazy it was. It’s great to think about it because it’s the spirit of our sport.”
 




Would you have liked to have competed in that era just to see what it was like, or do you prefer to compete with the latest and greatest technology available?



“It’s a tricky question, but I like that classic era. Everything is relative, because in that era the technology was innovative at that moment, because you always push the limits of innovation. It would be nice to have a try to see how it would be, because I know how it is today, so obviously you want to get what you don’t have.”
 




Do you have any milestones or moments from your junior career that you enjoyed at Monza?



“I won a few championships there – two championships actually, Formula BMW and GP3. I remember exactly how it was.


It was actually with a qualifying lap because it was enough to get one point from getting the pole position and that was enough for me to win the championship, so it was a very special moment. It comes always from Monza – a special place for me to get there and get that feeling.”
 



What is your favorite part of Monza?


“My favorite part of Monza is probably the Ascari corner. It’s a triple chicane, very fast turning in, very late braking. It’s actually one of my favorite corners of the calendar.”
 




Describe a lap around Monza.


“You come down to the main straight to the first Variante, a very slow-speed chicane with big braking with quite a lot of low downforce, so the car has to be set up mechanically pretty well, similar for the second Variante.


 It’s important to get the right line because on exit, if you miss a little bit of the first apex, you are done for the rest of the corner. So, it’s important to be very precise. The two Lesmo (corners at Curva di Lesmos) have a little bit of banking. You’re holding a lot of speed in and getting the maximum grip on the apex.


Then you come down to Ascari, which is one of my favorite corners – triple chicane, braking very late, turning in very delicately because by braking late you basically unsettle the car completely.


You need to cope with it, using all the curb available into the first part and getting the right line through to turn nine in order to be flat at turn 10, which then brings up the speed through that straight line before the famous Parabolica. It’s a high-speed corner and very long. You throw a lot of speed into that corner.”
 
 
 



- Mike Arning, photo Haas F1

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