I feel a bit sorry for Esteban, he said at one point last year he wasn't sure he was ready for F1, but he was thrust into the hot seat early following Perez's abdication. I think like Grosjean some more time in lower formulae is needed. How old is he, 21?
A word for Gutierrez after todays Spanish Grand Prix as he has had some criticsm of late but had a good drive today and was unlucky to miss out on points by a car length. Still fastest lap is one for the scrap book.
I do wonder if his up turn in form might have something to do with Sauber reserve driver Frinjs rockinf up in GP2 and blitzing it though.
So Gutierrez might be looking at becoming a one season wonder which is a shame really. He's not really got the hang of F1 just yet although his top ten quali at Singapore shows he's getting there. He has had an awful Sauber to contend with though.
Its a shame really because his junior record was good and he probably needed another year or two in GP2 before he hit the spotlight (something he said himself). People think he's a pay driver but actually he has no personal sponsors and was only thrust into the Sauber seat because Telmex said they'd only sponsor them if they had a Mexican driver!
Now with Telmex seemingly pulling out if F1 old Esteban is left with no backer and a worse rep than he deserves.
He seems a level headed chap and admitts it didn't click until Singapore. He's keeping a positive attitude on whether he'll be in F1 next year but if you read between the lines I think he knows its likely he'll miss out. He has no personal sponsors as backing and with the whole Sauber/Telmex relationship seemingly dead they have no reason to keep him.
I think its a shame because his second half of the season performances and his junior record prob earned him the right at a second season but thats F1 at the moment.
As he's not a GP2 champion he can re-enter the series. I wonder if he'll go.down that route. It worked for Grosjean.
It would be a shame if he had to leave F1 this year. He did state that he didn't feel ready for the challenge but his performances have really shown that he has developed into a fairly decent F1 driver with even more potential for the come years.
Other than the incredibly one sided battle he lost, the main problem Gutierrez had was that even in his best races (he had like 5 good races... ) Hulkenberg was always there doing an even better job in a higher place. He just doesn't cut the mustard as an F1 driver for me.
I don't think he should have been in F1 this year. I don't think he thinks he should have been in F1 this year really but I guess its hard to say no when you're offered the spot. He was certainly thrown in at the deep end with a team that was struggling financially and a team mate who is pretty much one of the top guys in F1.
You may very well be right about him not cutting the mustard no-FIAt-please but I still think he's shown enough to at least get a second bit of the cherry to prove different. This is a guy who has won junior catogries after all and not just around because of his budget.
I'd rather see Sauber give him a second chance than give the seat to Sutil who's been around long enough for us to know he's getting no better or Sirotkin who has hardly run in single seaters at all.
I think it's amazing the an actual muppet such as Kermit the frog has actually managed a full season in f1 whilst wearing a rubber mask without anyone realising his real identity (sorry). Its just amazing he can control a car with cloth hands worked by wires. Kermit has been bad no strings about it (sorry) but so were other drivers in their first year and maybe with practise his puppeteer will get the hang of it.
How on earth is this guy still in an F1 car. His crash in FP3 means he will not take part in qualifying and therefore will start at the back of the grid. Even on his best weekend in F1 at Suzuka '13 he was still way behind Hulkenberg on the road.
I'd honestly rather have Chilton than Gutierrez, same chance of points but at least I wouldn't have any repair bills.
Gutierrez has a seat the same way Maldo does. It's sucks that he's taking a ride from someone with more talent, but if it weren't for Esteban's Mexican money, Sauber probably wouldn't be able to even run a car for their Number 1 driver.....Adrian Sutil