Former Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez blames his over-confidence for the fact that he did not manage to secure a Formula 1 seat for the upcoming season.
The Mexican driver wanted – and believed that he had – another season in the bag with the newly-formed American team.
“That was originally the plan,” Gutierrez spoke.
“I was too confident of it and that was my mistake, to be too confident that things were taken care of.
“I was focusing on the results and being confident that the project was going to continue forward in the way it was initially spoken of or planned.
“In the end I realised the commitment from the other side wasn’t there and by the time I realised the timing wasn’t great.
“But I don’t really blame them – I don’t blame anybody – because I was the one to be too confident.“
Gutierrez started off the 2016 season on a bad foot when he was involved in a bad collision with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, which saw Alonso sitting out of the next race due to injuries.
He also clashed with boss Guenther Steiner during the Brazilian Grand Prix, a race weekend where he also found out he was being replaced with Kevin Magnussen for 2017.
Despite this, Gutierrez is thankful for his time in Formula 1, as he moves to Formula E this season.
“It was a great experience to build up the team from scratch,” the Mexican reflected.
“Even if things didn’t work out the way I wanted, I do feel very grateful with Gene Haas for giving me a year to drive for the team.“
The 25-year-old also added that he is considering reserve driver roles in the sport for the 2017 season.