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Gutierrez to leave Haas, indecision 'hurt' race seat chances

Esteban Gutierrez fears having waited on Haas to decide its 2017 drivers it has put his chances of securing a race seat in doubt
Esteban Gutierrez fears having waited on Haas to decide its 2017 drivers it has put his chances of securing a race seat in doubt as the Mexican driver looks set to be edged out of F1 for the second time in his career.

The Mexican driver confirmed via social media he would be leaving Haas at the end of the season and will be looking to secure a race seat elsewhere for 2017.

Gutierrez has failed to score a single point so far this season, but has finished 11th on five occasions in 2016, and is set to be repaced by Kevin Magnussen who is expected to sign a two-year deal for the US team while Romain Grosjean is tipped to be retained alongside the Danish driver.

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As a result, Gutierrez's potential options away from Haas are limited with Sauber and Manor the only remaining teams to confirm their 2017 driver line-ups.

The Mexican says talks have begun with former team Sauber, where he was test driver for two years before a couple of seasons in a race seat in 2013 and 2014, and Gutierrez concedes any contract negotiations have started 'a bit late'.

“It's part of the equation,” Gutierrez said. “I mean we are in November with two races to go, so it's probably a bit late to take the decision but it's their team and it's not really in my hands.

“I mean I've been doing my best all through the year, no matter what the circumstances were, which I think all of you are aware. It hasn't been an easy year and I will keep doing the same way until the end.

“My future is in the teams hands. At the moment there is a lot of talks up and down but it is the way it is. They've taken a bit long to take the decision and hopefully it comes out positively. I'm going to pushing and fighting until the end.”

Gutierrez was forced out of an F1 in 2015 after splitting from Sauber and spent the year as Ferrari's reserve and third driver and could be facing a similar situation next season with Sauber looking likely to retain both Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr for 2017.

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