Esteban Gutierrez was positive about his first home Grand Prix, despite having a tough weekend.
The Mexican started in 17th place but had to content with an all-too-familiar brake problem during the race, which he eventually completed in 19th, only one spot ahead of team mate Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon, who was the last driver to finish the race.
"It was an incredible experience. We were pushing all the way, pushing all the limits we could with the car we had," said Gutierrez. "I had to take care of the brakes as we were struggling with the cooling of them, so I had to brake a lot earlier than I would have liked to. This wasn’t ideal when trying to fight your way up the grid, but it’s the only thing we could do to finish the race."
"I wish we could have been able to deliver something better this weekend but, unfortunately, we were not able to this time," he added. "However, it was an amazing weekend – racing in my home country in front of all the Mexican people – and I really want to thank them because they’ve really made it a race to remember."
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