2013 Rookies: Esteban Gutierrez

Gutierrez has been promoted to a race seat for Sauber in 2013 after serving as the teams test and reserve driver since 2010.

Gutierrez first tested for Sauber in its former guise BMW Sauber in 2009 as a prize for winning the Formula BMW Europe championship and would take part in the young drivers test for Sauber a year later.

The Mexican spent the 2010 season in GP3, where he won five races and the title, beating Canadian and current DTM driver Robert Wickens.

Gutierrez then graduated to GP2 where he struggled in his first season finishing the championship in 13th place. In 2012 he improved winning three races and finishing the championship in third in the drivers standings.

Sauber continued to evaluate Gutierrez and he was given his first chance to take part in free practice at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix, in the place of an ill Sergio Perez.

Gutierrez will partner Hulkenberg for the 2013 season

Gutierrez will partner Hulkenberg for the 2013 season

Despite only setting the 20th fastest time in his only outing for the team, Sauber were impressed and confirmed in November 2012 that Gutierrez would be partnering Nico Hulkenberg for the 2013 season.

Comparing Gutierrez to the other rookies he does not seem quite as impressive and Sauber seem to be taking a gamble that he is ready for F1. However in this situation it seems that money talks but this may be to the detriment of the team.

Gutierrez will need to find his feet in F1 and may take some time to get up to speed but if Sauber can continue their 2012 form he looks set to score some good points.

Teammate battle: Expect Hulkenberg to consistently out qualify and out race Gutierrez.


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