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Published: 14:15 | 10/1/16

Haas delighted with 'credibility'

The driver pairing of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez gives the Haas Formula 1 squad 'credibility', according to the outfit's team principal, Guenther Steiner.

Instead of opting to fill race seats with one or more funded or paying drivers, the new team opted for a duo of experienced F1 competitors.

Referring initially to Grosjean, who has 83 Grand Prix appearances for the Lotus/Renault outfit under his belt, Steiner told GPUpdate.net: "I think that it gave us a lot of credibility.

"In hindsight, everybody is saying, 'yeah, yeah, that is just what you said', but everybody was thinking that we would just say that and then get maybe a pay driver or something like this.

"No, we worked hard to get the best drivers available, and I think Grosjean is that. He fits our bill perfectly.

"We couldn't have anything better than him in that what we always said we wanted was an experienced driver who is still young enough to want to go with us, because we have got a steep mountain to climb."

Gutierrez was a Sauber racer in 2013 and 2014, before being a Ferrari test driver last season.

"We've got a young driver, who has got some experience, as he did two years (in F1), and then was at Ferrari for one year, which will help us, as we're using the Ferrari power-train and mechanical bits," Steiner said of the Mexican.

"He knows the methodology of how Ferrari work, as the set-up rules of the engine will be the same.

"I think we did what we always said we were going to do, which was picking the best nes available. The driver is very important, as we all know, and we are very happy with what we were able to get."

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