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Gutierrez: First F1 experience better than wildest dream

“My result - 13th and the highest placed rookie - put a smile on my face. My paramount goal was to finish the race and that was accomplished in a very good way. Now that I have ticked this box I look forward to the next step - to score points.”

Despite all that he had to take in during the weekend, including getting used to the strategy, feedback and extra-mural requirements imposed on him by the team, Gutierrez admitted that one of the things that will stick in his mind was the traditional pre-race lap of the circuit alongside the rest of the grid.

“I tried to be very natural on my first drivers' parade, even though I was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel,” he smiled, “If it distracts you, that can't be positive - in the end, you want to beat those guys one day! So I tried to make it feel natural, as it will be my environment from now on. I wasn't nervous at all, but at the same time, being there was a personal achievement.”

Since his Australian debut, Gutierrez has gone to improve his best finish, with twelfth - from 14th on the grid - a week later in Malaysia.


Tagged as: Esteban Gutierrez , Sauber

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