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Gutierrez happy to be in the good books at last

After a rocky start to his F1 career in the four weekends till now, Esteban Gutiérrez was relieved to have a decent day at the office for Sauber in Spain.
It's been tough introduction to the life of a F1 driver for Esteban Gutiérrez in the four long haul races at the start of the season, which saw him penalised for crashing into the back of Adrian Sutil at China and a distinct impression that even his bosses at Sauber weren't impressed with his introduction to Grand Prix racing to date.

Qualifying in Spain left him with a three place grid penalty for blocking Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus in the final sector of the lap in Q1, so what Gutiérrez really wanted from Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona was a strong, controversy-free run that could finally show off what he could do.

"This is a step forward, said the young Mexican after the race, in which he just missed out on catching Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo to steal the final points position at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"I focused on getting the most out of the car today, and it was important to achieve a result like this for me and the team," he said. "At the beginning of the race I was quite surprised about how much I could get out of the tyres, [but] the last two stints were a bit more difficult.

"The team has given me the patience and tools to improve as a driver and this is what I could extract from the car," he added.

"Esteban drove a very strong race and worked well with the engineers to get the most out of the car," said Tom McCullough, the head of track engineering for the team. "Although he started from 19th, he missed tenth place by less than half a second."

"Esteban delivered a very strong performance," agreed Sauber F1 team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. "We are happy about it and we hope this will give him confidence."

But Kaltenborn admitted that she was still nonetheless disappointed about the overall lack of championship points for Sauber from this week's race.

"To finish a race without points is always disappointing," she said. "We didn't expect to make a huge step forward, because we knew that other competitors would also have improvements. However, our updates worked as expected, which is positive. Nevertheless, we know we have to further improve."




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johnnyf1 - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 4:20 AM

Last year Sauber was in contention with both drivers scoring a record number of points (126 points total ). Sauber had the potential to achieve near "A" team status. This year Sauber is barely ahead of the "D" teams along with Williams. Obviously mexican sponsorship $$$$ in conjunction with a poor driver choice has put Sauber in a deep hole. Good luck getting out!!!!

Ted - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 5:02 PM

JJJ :D :D you are so comical :D :D maybe you have a fobia.....poor Gutierrez Hulkenberg have a lot of expereince!!! why do you compare this two guy? Hulkenberg GP2 champion and run 3 years in F1, and Guti?? he is the BEST worst driver who clompeted just 5 races in his F1 career....haha



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