In an interview with the media today, Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has said that he will be talking with Esteban Gutierrez in Abu Dhabi, following the pair’s heated exchange in Brazil.
Gutierrez’ exit from the race sparked a flash of anger, with the driver displaying an attitude of discourtesy towards Steiner when the Haas boss attempted to settle him down.
The fact that he was told just days before that he would not figure in the US outfit’s 2017 plans obviously had the Mexican in a difficult frame of mind at the outset of the Brazilian weekend.
In a interview with the media today, Steiner believes that Gutierrez was clearly emotional about what’s happened in the last few days and is waiting for him to calm down before talking to him about matters. Steiner stated the following:-
‘I think it is emotional when you are told something like this. I respect that and therefore I don’t want to get into I say, he says. He has his feelings. The feelings were hurt, which I understand and respect as well. But I don’t want to go back and explain what the criteria was.”
‘It was fair and very subjective as well, but set in a moment where he was emotional by the decision and everything, it could be something different when he thinks about it in a few days.’
At the end of the day, Steiner further added that he wished to play down the incident and keep its dealings with its driver under wraps. Steiner added the following:-
‘For me to sit here and discuss whether we were fair or not, I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to wash dirty underwear in public. I will talk with him, and I told him in Abu Dhabi I want to sit down again with him and explain when he has calmed down.’