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Esteban Gutierrez

DRIVER PAGE
27/01/2014

PORTRAIT

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2014)

Seasons in Formula 1:
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2013 - number of wins:
2013 - number of poles:
2013 - number of fastest laps:
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2013 - championship position:

1
19
0
0
0
1
6
0
0
1
6
16

DETAILS

Esteban Gutierrez

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Age:
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Born:
Lives:

05/08/1991
22
1.80m
63kg
Single
Monterrey, Mexico
Paris, France

Official website:
www.estebangtz.com

BIOGRAPHY

Between 2004 and 2006, Esteban enjoyed success in karting, mostly Rotax Max, winning the North Mexican Series in 2006 and finishing fourth overall in the Mexican Grand Nationals in Zacatecas that same year. He also won the Camkart Challenge Mexico, taking five wins from five races.

At the end of 2006 he tested a Formula Renault car and that was enough to convince him to make the move up to Formula BMW USA the following year. In that debut season he finished second overall (to Daniel Morad) taking four wins, nine poles and the 'rookie of the year' award.

As well as a test in the A1 GP car, 2007 also saw Esteban take part in two rounds of the Formula BMW Germany series and the Formula BMW World Final, in which he finished 25th.

In 2008, he dominated the Formula BMW Europe series, taking seven wins from sixteen races, while also finishing third in the Formula BMW World Final which was held in Mexico. The youngster even found time to take part in two rounds of the German F3 Championship (Oschersleben) and the Formula Master Series (Imola). At season end he also had a test for the Formula 3 Euroseries.

Unsurprisingly, he contested the 2009 Formula 3 Euroseries, with ART Grand Prix, while also dabbling in British F3 (four races) and finishing seventeenth in the Masters of Formula 3 at Zolder.

As part of his prize for winning the 2008 Formula BMW Europe series, in December 2009 he was given a test in the BMW-Sauber F1 car, even though the German manufacturer has already announced its decision to leave the sport.

For 2010, he chose to contest the inaugural GP3 Championship with ART Grand Prix, winning the series with two races to spare courtesy of pole position at Monza.

Clearly impressed with the youngster following his test in December 2009, in 2010 Esteban was put on the same training programme by Sauber as its F1 drivers, Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi.

In September 2010, having just won the GP3 Championship, Esteban was named as the Swiss team's test and reserve driver for 2011. In November he took part in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, finishing thirteenth overall.

Esteban moved up to the GP2 Series with ART for 2011, partnering Ferrari test and reserve driver Jules Bianchi, the pair also contesting the GP2 Asia series for the team.

Finishing eleventh in the Asia series, his best result being fourth in the Imola Sprint Race - both Bahrain rounds having been cancelled - in the main series he finished thirteenth, the highlight being a win in Valencia and a second in Hungary.

In November, he took part in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi once again, finishing sixth quickest one day and again the next, ending the test seventh quickest overall.

Earlier in the season, Sauber confirmed that Esteban would continue his role as test and reserve driver in 2012, the youngster having been passed over - in favour of de la Rosa - when Sergio Perez withdrew from the Monaco event a few weeks earlier.

Wins at Valencia, Silverstone and Hungary, together with four further podium finishes, saw Esteban finish third in the GP2 Series, the youngster now with Lotus GP, previously known as ART, the French outfit run by Frederic Vasseur and Nicolas Todt.

Although he finished third in the title fight, he finished some way behind Davide Valsecchi and runner-up Luiz Razia, whilst under increasing pressure from Max Chilton and his Lotus GP teammate James Calado. Indeed, a number of nightmare weekends, such as Belgium, led many to describe his year as hit and miss.

At the Indian Grand Prix, in October, Esteban participated in the Friday free practice session, replacing Perez who had been taken unwell. The youngster recorded the 20th best time of the session.

In action for two days of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, Esteban posted the fourth best time overall, just 0.442s off the best time. A couple of weeks later, the youngster was named as Sauber's second driver for 2013, as the Swiss outfit opted for an all-new line-up which would include Nico Hulkenberg.

Looking far younger than his age, it was going to be interesting to see if Esteban was ready for F1, and Sauber had discovered another wunderkid, or whether he'd made the move up just a little too early. The feeling at Pitpass being that he should have remained in GP2 for one more year.

Like a number of its rivals, Sauber suffered from financial problems throughout 2013 indeed, at one stage some of the more excitable sections of the media were openly asking if the Swiss team would see out the season.

Maybe we should have seen the writing on the wall when the team reverted to a livery similar to that used in the 90s when it first entered F1, or maybe when Esteban crashed in qualifying in Melbourne and teammate Hulkenberg retired on his way to the grid. Whilst his teammate finished eighth in Malaysia, it was clear the C32 was nowhere near as competitive as its predecessor, a reality underlined by the fact that in the nine races between China and Belgium the team scored but three points.

Some woeful qualifying performances - his average position over the course of the season was 15th - meant he had it all to do on Sunday, while a stupid mistake in China which saw him miss his braking point and take out Adrian Sutil saw him pick up a 5-place grid penalty in Bahrain.

Spain marked a turning point. Having made it through to Q2 for only the second time, Esteban qualified 16th at a track where all the cars up to second (Hamilton) were covered by just a second. Before the race it was ruled he had impeded Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying and thus dropped 3 places on the grid to 19th. Nonetheless, he had a strong race and even led for a couple of laps. Impressing in a mid-race duel with Jenson Button, Esteban eventually finished eleventh, just outside the points, but had the satisfaction of posting the fastest lap, thereby entering the record books as the 'second youngest driver to set a fastest lap' after Nico Rosberg.

In Singapore both drivers were in the points, running 6th and 7th after pitting under the safety car, but as their tyres went away Esteban could only manage 12th.

Japan marked the team's first double points finish of the season, Esteban, having started fourteenth on the grid, made his way up the order and eventually finished seventh, holding off Nico Rosberg in the closing stages to take his first, and only, points of the season.

A week after Sauber announced that Adrian Sutil was to join the team for 2014, swapping places with Hulkenberg, the Swiss team confirmed that it was retaining the services of Esteban.

Whether the Swiss team was convinced by a Pitpass readers’ poll which named the Mexican as 'rookie of the year', or his Mexican funding, is open to debate, but the youngster remains in F1 for another year. We, like Sauber, will be expecting a major step forward.

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