F1 » Gutierrez to remain with Sauber

Esteban Gutierrez: I am happy to be able to continue as a driver for the Sauber F1 Team. It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously. It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver, and I feel comfortable in taking the next step...

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December 21, 2013 2:33 PM

He did his rookie season on new tracks in a strange car without the aid of a simulator which even the veteran drivers use extensively. I predict that Esteban will be impressive next year. He not only has talent, he has style.


December 21, 2013 7:05 PM
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I think signing guys like Gutierrez, Chilton, et al lowers the standards in the sport when you consider that drivers like di Resta have no ride and have, in the past, been booted out because of these 'pay' drivers.

But I suppose I'm being too harsh. It's not as though F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of four wheel motorsport...


December 21, 2013 9:00 PM

Beginning of the year I would have given him the boot, but at the end of the year he was pulling hes weight. Not to mention he brings money to the team. I dont like "paydrivers" one bit, but if team like sauber needs Gutierrez to keep them alive Im up to it. Gutierrez not gonna win WC but hes ok and keeps Sauber breathing. I would take Gutierrez over DiRiesta every day, even without the mexican money.


December 22, 2013 12:24 AM

He noticeably improved as the season wore on. I'm neutral on him being there next year, I think they made a poor choice for his team mate though. I'd rather see someone like KK. 1 pay driver in a team is enough right?


December 23, 2013 2:36 AM

With the Mexican and Russian money flowing in perhaps Sauber can become a relatively well funded team and afford to spend more on development. I hope he beats Sutil next year, mainly to see Sutil's face...


December 23, 2013 3:13 PM

Kid did OK, it was always going to be tough with ****** all testing and such a strong team mate. But he made increasingly good use of the car as it improved so deserves another crack. Although I'm not a fan, I'd have preferred to see PDR in the other Sauber as he's a touch better than Sutil, despite the alleged high maintenance.

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