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Steiner wants to ‘talk’ with Gutierrez

All rights to XPB.

All rights to XPB.

In an interview with the media today, Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has said that he will be talking with Esteban Gutierrez in Abu Dhabi, following the pair’s heated exchange in Brazil.

Gutierrez’ exit from the race sparked a flash of anger, with the driver displaying an attitude of discourtesy towards Steiner when the Haas boss attempted to settle him down.

The fact that he was told just days before that he would not figure in the US outfit’s 2017 plans obviously had the Mexican in a difficult frame of mind at the outset of the Brazilian weekend.

In a interview with the media today, Steiner believes that Gutierrez was clearly emotional about what’s happened in the last few days and is waiting for him to calm down before talking to him about matters. Steiner stated the following:-

‘I think it is emotional when you are told something like this. I respect that and therefore I don’t want to get into I say, he says. He has his feelings. The feelings were hurt, which I understand and respect as well. But I don’t want to go back and explain what the criteria was.”

‘It was fair and very subjective as well, but set in a moment where he was emotional by the decision and everything, it could be something different when he thinks about it in a few days.’

At the end of the day, Steiner further added that he wished to play down the incident and keep its dealings with its driver under wraps. Steiner added the following:-

‘For me to sit here and discuss whether we were fair or not, I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to wash dirty underwear in public. I will talk with him, and I told him in Abu Dhabi I want to sit down again with him and explain when he has calmed down.’

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Gutierrez in talks with Sauber and Manor

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After being dropped by Haas for Kevin Magnussen in 2017, Esteban Gutierrez revealed in an interview to the media yesterday that he has already began talks with Sauber and Manor for a drive next year.

With the vacant seats at Renault and Force India already taken, the Mexican’s options have now narrowed down to just Manor and Sauber, admitting that the American team’s decision to delay their line-up for next season hurt his chances of securing a seat.

When asked yesterday by the media why he and Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn were seen chatting on Sunday morning, Gutierrez confirmed it was about his future in the sport. He said the following:-

‘You know what the two options are that are available, so we are in talks with them. Nothing is really decided yet but I think in the next week we will see some progress.’

He was then further asked by the media if he was also in talks with Manor for Esteban Ocon’s race seat, Gutierrez answered with the following:- ‘Yes, as well.’

Penalty points for Kvyat, Gutierrez and Sainz after the Russian GP

The start of the Russian GP. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

The start of the Russian GP. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

It has been announced this morning that Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez and Carlos Sainz were all handed penalty points on their licence for their antics in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.

Kvyat was handed three penalty points after causing first lap chaos when he hit Sebastian Vettel not once, but twice. The stewards then announced that because “Car 26 collided with car 5 twice in consecutive turns” means that Kvyat’s tally is up to five for the 12 month rolling period.

As for Gutierrez, who hit Nico Hulkenberg on the opening lap, he was slapped with two penalty points because “car 21 collided with car 27 in Turn 2.” Those are his first points of this season, his first back in Formula 1 with Haas.

Sainz was the final driver slapped with penalty points as the stewards deemed him to have “forced” Jolyon Palmer off the circuit. Sainz not only had a time penalty added to his finishing time but was given two penalty points on his licence.

Haas F1 signs Gutierrez as their second driver for 2016

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It was announced yesterday that Esteban Gutierrez has finally been confirmed as a Haas Formula 1 driver for the 2016 season.

Ferrari reserve Gutierrez’s appointment has been one of the worst-kept secrets in F1, with the 24-year-old completing Haas’s line-up alongside Romain Grosjean.

In an interview with the media yesterday after being unveiled at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City alongside team owner Gene Haas, team principal Guenther Steiner, and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Jr, a personal sponsor stated the following:-

‘I feel very, very happy to share this news that took quite a while to be able to share it.  I feel very grateful to Gene, who has faith in my potential as a driver and who feels I can contribute, and I feel we can achieve great things.

‘The work we are doing with Haas, Ferrari and Maurizio [Arrivabene, team principal] is giving me an opportunity to be a part of the Ferrari family, For me, every weekend has become longer because I have become more and more anxious to get in the car. I am anxious to return to racing, but this has been one of the most important years of my career, and I am convinced we will have and share huge successes together.’

It is clear that Gutierrez is delighted that he has been signed for Haas for next season and that the team believe in his potential as a driver as well. You can tell that he is looking forward to becoming back to racing next season and using the experience he has gained with Ferrari this year to good use.

Gutierrez who is the 2010 GP3 champion competed in GP2 for two seasons, finishing third in 2012, before being taken on by Sauber in 2013. The campaign proved to be a steep learning curve for Gutierrez as he managed just one points finish, scoring just six points in total compared to the 51 of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

Last season proved to be the worst in Sauber’s history, with neither Gutierrez nor team-mate Adrian Sutil collecting a point and both dropped at the end of the year. But as a result of this, Gutierrez at least secured his role with Ferrari, a link that helped him return to a race seat with Haas, which will use the Scuderia’s power unit and other components from next year.

In his own interview with the media yesterday, Haas stated the following about signing Gutierrez as follows:-

‘We looked very diligently at filling the seat, and the person we chose comes highly recommended by Ferrari. He has of history of racing in F1 in 2013 and ’14 and is currently on the reserve Ferrari list so we we feel he has the potential to add to our team.’

Meanwhile Steiner in his own interview with the media  is confident Gutierrez will help make Haas competitive from the off. Steiner stated the following-

‘This team started from zero, nothing, but they are making very good progress, on plan, and we will be there for the first test.

‘Everything is going well, we have daily problems, but we have a lot of good people working for us and the technical partnership with Ferrari is working well. Esteban has experience from Sauber, and then he went to Ferrari and learned even more. With Esteban and Romain we will be competitive in the first year, as good as we can be.’

Even though everything is going well for the Haas F1 team in preparations for the 2016 season, they now have two experienced drivers to lead the team and start their quest to get competitive within the sport as quickly as possible. Even though Gutierrez signing with Haas has been the worst kept secret in the sport, now is the time for him to show what he can do in the car and he has been granted a second chance in the sport which many young drivers do not get and is very lucky to do so.

Gutierrez closer to Haas F1 drive

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In an interview with the media over the weekend, new Formula 1 team boss Gene Haas has five drivers under consideration for race seats next year, with Esteban Gutierrez looking more likely than ever to return to Grand Prix action in his new team.

As fellow Ferrari F1 reserve driver Jean-Eric Vergne has committed to a deal with the recently rebranded DS Virgin squad in Formula E for next year, it has been heavily rumoured in the paddock that Gutierrez is set to join Haas with backing from Mexican telecommunications giant Claro.

As we know already, Gutierrez is part of the Escuderia Telmex system; which is also part of Carlos Slim’s conglomerate businesses which could help them get back into Formula One with some funding that could be brought to the table.

In an interview with the media over the weekend, Haas has stated that there are five drivers he is keeping an eye on to try and make them an offer to drive for his team when they enter the sport next season and believes that Gutierrez could fit the bill for them. Haas stated the following:-

‘We’re down to five now, I think. [Gutierrez] He’s a Ferrari reserve driver, so Ferrari would be interested in seeing how he does and it kind of helps both parties. We get a driver who Ferrari thinks has a lot of potential and we can see how he does too.’

As Haas has stated, Gutierrez within the Haas team would be beneficial for both parties with a) Guiterrez bringing his experience in the sport as a driver already and b) it would just seal the deal with the technical partnership they have with them as well. But it is clear that Haas has to remain open with choice of drivers at the moment until the rest of the grid is decided in the next few weeks.

On the subject of a timeframe for his driver line-up to be decided, Haas replied with the following further on in his interview with the media this weekend:-

‘In the next four weeks or so, this month is when the real thought-proving, intense decision-making occurs. But we’re also actually waiting for the current F1 teams to make their decisions before we will. You never know who’ll become available.

‘It seems like the bigger teams are putting in younger and younger drivers, so some of the more experienced drivers might become available.’

I would have to agree with Haas that he needs to remain open and flexible with choice to the drivers he wants in his team next year until the current driver market is sorted out and he is right to delay making a choice about that until that remains clear.

But he does need to make sure that he approaches the drivers he is interested in now and seeing if they would be available or even interested in what Haas has to offer them. With the driver market still being debated behind the scenes of the sport; question is will Haas get one of the five choices of drivers that he wants or will he be forced to sign someone that they didn’t want or expect? Only time will tell.

Gutierrez to test for Ferrari at the post-Grand Prix test in Barcelona

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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.