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Kaltenborn has faith in Gutierrez

Sunday 11-August-2013 11:23

Esteban Gutierrez will claim his first World Championship point before too long, according to his team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.

Joining Sauber at the start of a trying Championship for the team, Gutierrez is just one of two drivers racing for an established team who has not finished inside the top ten. The other driver is fellow rookie Valtteri Bottas.

Gutierrez did come close at the Spanish Grand Prix when the 222-year-old brought his C32 home in 11th place garnering attention in the F1 betting world.

The Mexican racer's woes, though, are not all his doing as even his team boss admits the Sauber is "not as competitive" as they had hoped.

"Yes, I am sure about that," Kaltenborn told Autosport when asked if Gutierrez can score. "It has been a very tough season.

"The challenge to come into Formula 1, and get used to this environment, is a big step in itself.

"Then of course if the car is not as competitive as we expected it to be, if you simply have bad luck then it is very tough on the driver.

"And that's where we need to make sure he keeps his motivation high and try to support him finding consistency.

"We have seen even on Fridays that he is there in his moments, and we need to get more of that out of him."

Gutierrez entered his summer break on the back of his third retirement of the season as a transmission problem put him out of the Hungarian GP and down in Paddy Power F1 betting odds.

Kaltenborn, though, is hoping that Gutierrez will use the break to recharge and come back stronger at Spa.

"There has been so much going on - especially with the rumours around the team, the situation, not being able to do everything we wanted to implement - and it does take a toll on the drivers, especially when you are new in Formula 1.

"It's good he can reflect on all this, have this time to reassess his position, what he has done right and what hasn't gone so well, and I am sure he will come back stronger."

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