After dazzling everyone in 2010 by winning the inaugural season of GP3, big things were expected of young Mexican driver Esteban Gutiérrez when he stepped up to GP2 with Lotus. His rookie season was a forgivably uneven year, but he was fully expected to be a serious title contender in 2012.
However, despite earning podium positions in three of the first four races Gutiérrez soon fell behind Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia. With his focus seemingly ever more focussed on his ascendency to Sauber F1 in 2013, Gutiérrez seemed to lose focus on the immediate GP2 challenge and was troublingly overshadowed by his rookie team mate James Calado. However, three race wins (Valencia, Silverstone and the Hungaroring) kept him at the sharp end, and a solid finish in Singapore while Calado suffered from illness meant he clinched third spot in GP2 before his move up to the big leagues.