New Formula BMW Europe Champion Esteban Guttierez has been given the chance to shine in much more powerful machinery after being called up to compete for A1 Team Mexico in the rookie sessions.

Although the 17-year-old tested for the team last season, he was not called up to race. However, having been recently crowned the inaugural winner of the F1-support series, he is closer than ever to receiving his first national cap.

Considered a star for the future, the move into a Formula 1-inspired chassis signals a big step for Guttierez, but he is confident he will make a good impression.

"I am delighted to be part of the team," he said. "It is going to be an unforgettable experience. There is going to be a lot of learning and I hope I can race later in the series. Hopefully I will be able to help the team get a good set-up for the new car."

Coming days after Guttierez made his Formula Master debut at Imola, where he proceeded to stun prospective teams by claiming a podium finish in his first-ever race, A1 Team Mexico believe he will shine.

"On behalf of A1 Team Mexico we welcome Esteban Gutierrez, a talented Mexican driver. Esteban's driving skills were evident to the Mexican team last year when he participated in an A1GP test session.

"We wanted him to join us, but due to his Formula BMW Europe racing commitments he was unable to. Now the situation has changed we feel very proud to have him in the team."

No race drivers, meanwhile, have been announced. While the nation has enjoyed success with Salvador Duran in the past, a number of people have passed through the seat over the years, including Michel Jourdain and David Martinez.