Gutierrez handed Ferrari role


Esteban Gutierrez will remain in Formula 1 next year after being handed the Ferrari test and reserve seat.

After spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Sauber, the Mexican was left without a drive for 2015 with the Hinwil squad opting for a driver line-up of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

Gutierrez, though, will stay involved in the sport and will act as back-up at Ferrari, a role he also fulfilled during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns at Sauber.

“It is an honour to become part of the Scuderia Ferrari family, a team with such an exceptional history,” the 23-year-old said. “It is for me the beginning of a new path for my future and I’m going to do my utmost to contribute to the achievement of the targets set by the Scuderia.

“I want to thank everybody for their belief in my potential; this will bring a great opportunity for me to develop further and get to the top in the near future. With all my passion and dedication, I’m now looking forward to the start of this new venture.”

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is confident Gutierrez will be crucial to development work at the Italian marque.

“While confirming our full confidence in a formidable race driver pairing, made up of four times World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, a past champion with Ferrari, I am pleased to welcome Esteban Gutierrez,” he said.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty of experience relating to the new generation of Formula 1 cars. I am sure that, with his experience, he will make an important contribution to the development work of the team in the simulator.

“Welcoming Esteban also means opening the gates of Ferrari to a driver from Mexico, a country where the Scuderia still has a lot of fans, just as was the case fifty years ago in the days of the Rodriguez brothers.”