Gutierrez chasing first points

Saturday 21-September-2013 17:03

Esteban Gutierrez is confident of fighting for points in Singapore having qualified inside the top ten for the first time.

More often than not this season, the Sauber rookie has failed to make it out of Q1 with his best grid slots being the P14s he achieved in Malaysia and Germany.

This weekend, though, Gutierrez had a bit of a breakthrough as the Mexican racer made it into the top ten at the Marina Bay circuit.

Opting not to set a lap time, he will start Sunday's 61-lap grand prix from 10th place but with both tyre choices available to him.

"To qualify tenth is a really special feeling and one that I have missed," he said. "I enjoyed every part of the qualifying.

"The result today was very important, because it's not fun going into qualifying knowing that you can be around the top ten, but not getting there.

"At the beginning, it looked a bit difficult today, but I was pushing myself in practice and communicated well with the team. We decided that, in order to make the next step, we need to be more aggressive and be more on the edge.

"During the practice sessions I was able to try to do that, and it's great to see it paid off, so a big thank you to the team."

As for Sunday's race, Gutierrez expects he can fight for his first World Championship points under the lights.

"I think tomorrow will be a tough race. Tyre degradation will be critical and we need to consider that.

"We usually have a good race pace and also had that in FP2 yesterday. I'm confident we can push for points tomorrow."

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