Esteban Gutierrez praised his Haas team following their first appearance in the top ten shoot-out during qualifying at Monza.
Gutierrez was the only one of the team’s drivers to make it into Q3 and will start the race from tenth position.
“First of all I have to say thank you to the team,” said Gutierrez. “I’m very grateful and proud of them because everybody has done a great job in achieving the consistency that has allowed us to work on the details that make the difference.”
“In qualifying, for the first time we broke the top 10 barrier by getting into Q3. It was an amazing effort from everyone involved in setting up the car throughout the weekend and having the communication and level of understanding to make it work.”
“The laps were fantastic,” he added. “I really enjoyed them and I loved pushing the car.”
Gutierrez is yet to score a point since returning to F1 with the new American team in 2016. His best starting position of the season so far gives him the chance to achieve the second points finish of his career.
“Today we have extracted the maximum from our opportunities and we have to make sure we do the same tomorrow,” he said.
2016 Italian Grand Prix
- 2016 Italian Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Fourth Driver of the Weekend win for Ricciardo
- Second-lowest rating this year for Italian GP
- Top ten pictures from the 2016 Italian GP
- 2016 Italian Grand Prix driver ratings