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F1 Bahrain GP: Front brake disc issue stops Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez: I was feeling very confident. I was very happy with how the car was feeling, and I was managing my tyres and fuel well. Unfortunately, we then had an issue...
Esteban Gutierrez says he will keep fighting after suffering his second retirement in a row in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mexican, who of course failed to finish in Australia after that massive crash with Fernando Alonso, had made a good start at the Bahrain International Circuit, moving from 13th on the grid to eighth at the end of the opening lap.

However, his hopes of points ended on lap 9, when a problem with the left-front brake disc forced him into the garage.

“We have done a fantastic job. After a great start, where I gained a lot of positions, I was feeling very confident. I was very happy with how the car was feeling, and I was managing my tyres and fuel well,” he said. “Unfortunately, we then had an issue with the front brake and we felt we couldn't continue, so I had to retire.”

Despite the disappointment, however, the 24-year-old remains upbeat, only too aware of the potential of the car given team-mate Romain Grosjean's fantastic sixth and fifth place finishes in Australia and Bahrain respectively.

“I'm now looking ahead to [the next race in] China. The team is performing really well,” Gutierrez continued.

“The speed is there and we have a great car.

“So, I will keep fighting for the next race.”



by Rob Wilkins



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03.04.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
02.04.2016 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
02.04.2016 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
02.04.2016 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
02.04.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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JimG

April 04, 2016 9:50 PM

I wonder if he got some of the carbon fiber in a brake duct and it overheated the front brake? I know there was plenty of carbon fiber wing pieces floating around out there on the first lap. From what little I understand about these brake discs they use on the cars these days, if they get too hot the disc itself goes to pieces or burns up or something of that nature. I'm not too up there on these non-metallic brake discs.



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