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.’
It was reported yesterday by Autosport that Formula 3 driver Lance Stroll is poised to take up a driver development role with the Williams Formula 1 team.
Autosport believe that the 17-year-old Canadian and advisor Luca Baldisserri have been in discussions with Williams about taking up a position at Grove.
Stroll is currently part of the Ferrari Young Driver Academy programme, run and managed by Baldisserri, who was previously chief track engineer with the Scuderia.
Stroll, however, now looks set to join Williams, with the recent retirement of Susie Wolff creating space on the team’s driver roster.
In his first year of his career, Stroll won the Italian Formula 4 title in 2014 before moving up with Prema Powerteam to the Formula 3 European Championship this year.
After some controversial mid-season accidents, he finished the year strongly with six podiums in the final 11 races, including a victory in the first race of the final round at Hockenheim.
Even though Stroll will remain with the Prema team in 2016, he is backed by his retail billionaire father Lawrence, who was last year linked with a potential buy in to Sauber, which ultimately came to nothing. But we shall see over the next few weeks what happens with this situation.