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Esteban Gutierrez

Andrea Gardenal

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Pilota ancora tanto incline all'errore questo messicano, che comunque oltre agli sponsor può contare su una discreta quantità  di talento nel piede. Sra cercando di ripercorrere la strada del connazionale Pérez, e sicuramente potrà  togliersi grandi soddisfazioni se la Sauber si dimostrerà  competitiva come l'anno scorso, staremo a vedere anche nel confronto con Hà¼lkenberg come si comporterà .

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Si è beccato 1.8" da Hulkenberg nella Q1 in Australia (vabbè, pioveva), 1.1" nella Q2 in Malesia e 1" netto oggi, ancora in Q1. E' vero che è un debuttante, però non mi sta convincendo per nulla...



Beh dai, sta migliorando, la prossima volta 9 decimi  :asd:

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Male. Il distacco che prende da Hulk, come prestazione, è il più imbarazzante del 2013. Fa bene solo raramente e quando la Sauber rinasce, mentre prima naviga nelle retrovie. Il problema è che spesso ci naviga pure dopo..

Pilota immaturo e non poi velocissimo. Non merita una riconferma.

Gara migliore: Giappone

Gara peggiore: Cina

Voto: 5.5

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Esteban Gutierrez is determined to remain on the F1 grid in 2015, particularly with a home race in Mexico slated to join the existing tour.

Gutierrez, who has been a member of the Sauber (and BMW Sauber) squad since it took him under its wing in 2009, revealed that he is already in talks about a contract extension, but admits that there are a lot of pieces that need to be fitted to the 'silly season' jigsaw before his future becomes clearer.

“[The 2015 deal] is something that is being negotiated at the moment, but I have also had contact with some other teams,†he confirmed, “We re just having to see what is going on in the market before people can make decisions and, then, for us to make a decision as well. It all depends on what the top [of the grid] is doing.

“I'm confident I will be here [for a home GP] – I'm really looking forward to that experience – and, at the very least, I am going to fight to the end.

“I know what my capabilities are, I know what my potential is and I know that the team knows. Right now, it is working on delivering [a better car], but that is not being shown to the people outside [the team].â€

Still pointless in 2014, Gutierrez admits that the season has been a frustrating one, but insists that he is developing as a driver and has not yet given up on opening his account.

“[Not finishing] causes a little bit of frustration and adds to the pressure, but it's on my side to handle it and, thankfully, I think I can handle it pretty well,†he reflected, “I'll be going through like that, doing the best I can, fighting to the last race to achieve what we want to achieve.â€

Sauber has been unfortunate on more than one occasion in 2014, seeing possible points finishes go begging even when cars ahead of them have found themselves sidelined. With Suzuka providing a stern test of a drivers' ability this weekend, Gutierrez will be on the look-out for the chance of a top ten finish to help separate Sauber from Caterham at the foot of the constructors' table.

“I think that, if there's trouble in the race, then there are always opportunities [to score],†he noted, “One of the main things is not to be one of those troubles because it seems that, in every opportunity we got since the second half of the season, we've been the ones having problems with mechanical issues, so...

“Hopefully, those things are going to be fixed from now on. It was quite critical after Singapore, but that should be sorted out. In terms of the track [at Suzuka], it is not so much on our side, but I believe that the mechanical side of the car is quite good even if not so much the aerodynamics! Here, we have long straights, so it is not on our side, but there can still be opportunities in the race, which we have to be sure to take.â€

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Gutierrez has fun at Iowa Speedway in first oval race


Esteban Gutierrez enjoyed his first experience racing on an oval. The Dale Coyne Racing driver caught the attention of others in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock as well.

Gutierrez finished a career-best 13th Sunday after a trouble-free Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, but the 25-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, ran as high as second in the race and was in the top 10 for most of the second half of the 300-lap event.

“It was fun,” said Gutierrez, competing in his fourth race for Dale Coyne Racing as a replacement for the injured Sebastien Bourdais. “I was enjoying the car, using the tools, (had) good communication with the team, a very good sponsor I have, so the level of confidence is important.”

Gutierrez ran near the back of the pack for the first 125 laps as he became accustomed to working in traffic on the 0.894-mile oval. The ex-Formula One competitor admitted that the opening stint of the race was difficult in the No. 18 UNIFIN Honda.

“I was not quick enough in the first quarter,” he said. “Being my first time out there with all the cars around, fighting, it took me a few laps to get comfortable.”

Gutierrez worked his way to 14th by the halfway mark and made his first appearance in the top 10 on Lap 189. By running longer than most, he climbed from 10th place on Lap 253 all the way to second five laps later as other drivers made their final pit stop for fuel and tires. Gutierrez made his last stop on Lap 259 and dropped to 18th place, but he made up five positions over the last 40 laps.

The 13th-place effort is the best for Gutierrez in his short Verizon IndyCar Series career,

“It was a very nice experience,” he said. “Being the first time (on an oval), I didn’t know what to expect.

“I was using the tools in the car to try to handle in traffic, which is the trickiest part. I also want to thank all of my competitors because they were very kind to me. It was fair racing, good racing. I really enjoyed it out there, so I want to thank them a lot.”

The 2010 GP3 champion said the most difficult part of the race was running in traffic, but feels his oval race craft will come to him in due time.

“It was not easy because once you get really close (to a car in front), you have a completely different car,” he said. “You need to anticipate a lot and for that you need a lot of experience. Obviously, every time with more and more experience, I will anticipate it a lot better.”

With six races remaining on the calendar, including two ovals – Pocono Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park – Gutierrez is focused on building on what he has learned.

“I think most important is to be solid, be consistent and that’s what my target it right now,” Gutierrez said. "Finish all the races, being consistent and understanding the car because it is very different from what I’m used to.

“Obviously with the level of understanding, I will be able to give better feedback to my team, and I think altogether it will be a better package.”

Team owner Dale Coyne was pleased with his driver’s progress from start to finish.

“He was out there mixing it up with (Scott) Dixon and those guys,” Coyne said. “I was very proud of him. The race was like four quarters to me. Each quarter he got better, better and better. From the first pit stop to the next stint, he just kept getting better.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to a temporary street course this week at the Honda Indy Toronto. The race airs live at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on CNBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, with an encore airing at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

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