Esteban Gutierrez says he's in charge of his own future in F1 and despite being dropped by Haas relatively late he refuses the blame the American team while plotting a potential return to Sauber.
The Mexican driver confirmed he would be leaving Haas after just one season during the build-up to the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks ago, while the US squad swiftly announced Kevin Magnussen would be joining alongside Romain Grosjean for 2017.
With effectively two race weekends and only a handful of 2017 race seats remaining, Gutierrez is currently holding negotiations with Sauber about a potential return having raced for the team in 2013 and 2014.
Gutierrez has confirmed extensive contract talks are ongoing but so far no deal has been signed as he looks to take full responsibility for his F1 future.
“There are things that could've been done differently, for sure, but at the end of the day we are responsible for our own destinies and I take that with responsibility and I am now working for my future,� Gutierrez said. “I don't blame anyone. Okay, the situation through the season is unfortunate in many ways which hasn't helped.�
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Gutierrez, who is set for talks with Haas chief Gunther Steiner to explain the reasons behind dropping him for 2017, hopes Sauber takes into account his success in the junior categories having claimed the Formula BMW Europe title in 2008 followed by the GP3 Series title in 2010.
With just one top ten finish � seventh place in the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix � to his name in three full F1 campaigns Gutierrez admits despite being confident in his own ability to be competitive in the sport his hardest campaigns in racing have been during his time in F1.
“It is a big challenge because my most difficult years have been in Formula 1,� he said. “I have won a lot of races and podiums but the world has a very bad memory. They remember what we did in the last few years and races in Formula 1.
“Even though it is like that I am sure the experts which are making a big analysis are considering the facts.�
Gutierrez will make his final appearance for Haas in F1 at this weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Currently, just three race seats for 2017 remain available; one at Sauber and two at Manor Racing after the Swiss team confirmed Marcus Ericsson has been retained for next season.
It is believed Gutierrez is battling against current Sauber driver Felipe Nasr, Manor's Pascal Wehrlein and GP2 title contender Antonio Gionvinazzi for the second race seat at Sauber.
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