Esteban Gutiérrez  Mexico

  • Full name Esteban Gutierrez
  • Birth date August 5, 1991
  • Birthplace Monterrey, Mexico
  • Current age 24 years 193 days
  • Current team Haas
  • Previous teams Ferrari, Lotus ART, Sauber
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2013 Sauber 19 19 0 0 16 7 0 0 8 1 0 6 16
2014 Sauber 19 19 0 0 13 12 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
Total 38 38 0 0 29 7 0 0 8 1 0 6
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 17, 2013 Race results
Last race Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 23, 2014 Race results
Profile
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His racing career started in Rotax Max karts in his native Mexico where he quickly asserted himself as one of the country's most promising talents. He moved on to Formula BMW USA at the age of 16 and a year later became the Formula BMW Europe champion.

In the intensely competitive Formula 3 Euroseries the following year he finished ninth overall, despite missing the first four rounds, and went on to test a BMW Sauber at the Young Driver Test at the end of the year. For 2010 he moved to GP3 and won the inaugural championship with five victories from 16 rounds. He was invited back for another day's testing at Sauber at the end of the year and was also announced as a reserve driver.

While working closely with Sauber at race weekends in 2011, he competed in the GP2 Series with Lotus-ART and took one victory at the sprint race in Valencia. However, when Sauber needed a stand-in for Sergio Perez at the Canadian Grand Prix, Gutierrez was in Mexico and the job was given to the more experienced Pedro de la Rosa. Nevertheless, he was back in the Sauber at that year's Young Driver Test and completed two days behind the wheel.

2012 yielded three wins in GP2 but a series of hot-headed moments prevented him from mounting a serious challenge on the title. He finished third in the standings by the end of the year and with his Telmex backing behind him he was considered the perfect fit for a Sauber race drive in 2013.

He made a slow start to his F1 career but there were signs of a more well-rounded driver emerging. His seventh place finish in Japan secured him his only points of the year, but with Telmex extending their deal with the Swiss team it was enough to keep Gutierrez at the team in 2014. An uninspiring season followed as Sauber failed to score a point, with a big error at Monte Carlo costing him a top ten finish. He was dropped for 2015 but handed a reprieve by Ferrari when announced as the team's new reserve driver, bringing Mexican sponsorship with him in the process.

That deal morphed into a race drive with newcomers Haas in 2016, which has a close technical partnership with Maranello.

Strengths and Weaknesses
An intelligent driver who is undoubtedly quick, the main question surrounding Gutierrez is whether he has the killer instinct to cut it against the top drivers in the world.

Career High
Winning the GP3 Series in dominant fashion only helped to cement his nickname as the "Chosen One".

Career Low
Being dropped by Sauber at the end of 2014 after failing to score a point all year.

Quotes
"I'm totally aware how tough competition in F1 is. In GP2 I wasn't as consistent as I would have wished but I rate 2012 as the most rewarding season of my career, because you learn from these experiences."

"It's been a family project [to get to F1] requiring a lot of effort from all my brothers, my sister, and especially my parents. My father was the one who made the initial investments in my career, and without him I wouldn't be here."

Trivia
Gutierrez refused to cut his hair during the 2012 GP2 season because he believed it would bring bad luck.

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