Esteban Gutierrez will return to Formula 1 in 2016 after being officially confirmed as joining Romain Grosjean at the new Haas F1 team.
The Mexican driver, who competed with Sauber in 2013 and 2014, has long been linked to Haas by virtue of his role with technical partner Ferrari, for whom Gutierrez fulfils a reserve and development driver role.
Announced on the weekend F1 returns to Mexico after an absence of 23 years Gutierrez – who is expected to bring a significant sponsor portfolio to the new American-based team -, will join countryman Sergio Perez in bolstering the nation's representation in the sport.
"This is an excellent opportunity that builds on my time with Ferrari and I will make the most of it,” Gutiérrez said. “Gene Haas believes in me and I believe in how he's going about competing in Formula One. To have a race seat in a competitive car with Ferrari power is very special, and I appreciate the faith he has in me. I trust we'll be able to achieve great things together.”
His acquisition will bring Haas further insight from Ferrari for its maiden campaign, a likely complement to the experience of 11-time F1 podium winner Grosjean, who was confirmed with the team last month. It is an asset that would prove particularly enticing for team owner Gene Haas.
“I got to know Esteban through our relationship with Ferrari, and after looking at the success he's had to earn his role there, it became clear he was an excellent choice for our race team,” he said.
“He's young and hungry, but not inexperienced. His two years running a full F1 schedule has given him some very good race experience, and having spent this season at Ferrari as their third driver allowed him to see firsthand the methodology that makes Ferrari such a power in Formula One."