Esteban Gutierrez says he knew of the potential of Haas on its F1 debut and Romain Grosjean's sixth place in the Australian Grand Prix came as little surprise.

The Mexican driver made his return to F1 racing after a year waiting in the wings as reserve driver at Ferrari in 2015 having spent the two previous seasons racing for Sauber.

Despite the unfortunate end to his first race back, when Fernando Alonso smashed into the rear of his Haas car on lap 18, Gutierrez felt his team had strong potential with both cars making up time on its rivals despite its lowly qualifying position.

"It is a good car but unfortunately we had some issues at the start with power delivery and lost around 10 seconds which is quite a lot," Gutierrez said. "I was able to recover the time and the pace was pretty good. We know the potential is there and we will keep working forward.

"It's not the race I was hoping for. The most important thing is Fernando and I are both OK. The car was handling well and the results show we can be very competitive. Romain did a great job for the team, to achieve points in our first race is fantastic."

Haas became the first American F1 team to score points in 30 years thanks to Romain Grosjean's sixth pace at Albert Park and both he and Gutierrez are keen to push on their positive start in Bahrain in two weeks time.



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