It was announced this morning that Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez will make his debut for Ferrari in Formula 1’s in-season test at Barcelona in the week after the Spanish Grand Prix.
Gutierrez was signed as a Ferrari reserve for this season after being axed by Sauber at the end of 2014 following three years with the Swiss marque, two of them in a race seat.
The Mexican will get behind the wheel of the SF15-T on the second day of the test at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday, with Ferrari Academy driver Raffaele Marciello on track on Tuesday.
In an interview with the media, Gutierrez is clearly delighted to be given the opportunity this week in Barcelona with the Ferrari team as it gives him a chance to show what he can do on the track. Gutierrez stated the following:-
‘You can imagine how special it is for me. This was not planned at the beginning of the year, and now I have been given the opportunity to drive the car. It will be a chance for me to give a different perspective and feedback, and also to make a correlation to the simulator.
‘It will be an important day – one of the most special of my career. If it was not planned, and then they give you the chance, it’s a very positive indication. It means I’ve been doing a reasonable job.’
As Gutierrez sums up himself in his interview today, it is a very special and unique opportunity for himself to show Ferrari what he can do on the track and show why they signed him in the first place. As he says himself, Ferrari believe he has done enough to be given the chance and he has to grab it with both hands.
It is clear that he understands what he needs to do in his role this week for the team and also a chance to learn more about the car while also improving as a driver too. All eyes will be upon him as he officially drives a Ferrari in anger on the racetrack; he has to deliver and show the paddock why he was signed in Formula One with Sauber in the first place.