Esteban Gutiérrez

teabagyokel

#dejavu
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Haas ought to learn the lessons of Sauber's 2014. There is no way, given competent driving at Sauber that they should have been beaten by a significantly slower Marussia vehicle which did not even complete the season. The reason this happened is that whenever there was sufficient unreliability/chaos to create opportunities for teams such as Sauber, Sauber's two drivers were walking back to the pits.

The amount of Safety Cars caused by crashes involving Mr. Capri-Sun (just squeeze and suck, no need for glasses, which can be easily breakable :p) was ridiculous, and Kermit was no saint either. The opportunity for a seriously crap car to squeeze into the points was at Monaco (as proven by both Bianchi and Grosjean) - had Magnussen's crash damage been terminal then Ericsson would have edged his Caterham into the points too. Gutierrez had utterly amateurishly planted the barriers at the inside of Rascasse and was back in the shower.

In short, I'd go with JEV.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Mr Gutierrez will be back in F1 from 2016 and is already saying he is eyeing up a driver with Ferrari. Ambitious little Muppet frog isn't he?

I'm sure his addition will not be welcomed by most and I can't exactly say I'm cock-a-hoop about it either. Lets remember though that if you look at his junior career he was at one point considered a prospect and by his own admission was brought into F1 way too early. Maybe he's sharpened up whilst sitting on the sidelines? Maybe? Am I being over optimistic?
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
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What has he been doing since his time at Sauber? I know he is a "test driver" for Ferrari but as there is virtually no testing its a pretty pointless job title. If he had gone off to DTM, WEC or Formula E and blown everyone away I could understand why Hass would offer him a job. Sitting inside Ferrari's overblown PS4 is hardly the sort of proof needed to get a drive in F1.

Ho hum, at least his website has lots of pretty pictures of him noncing about in Ferrari team colours at various races. He must be uber qualified to drive for Hass then.
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Yeah but Ferrari took him back after than didn't they? and Mclaren took him back after he grassed them up too! He must have done something good whilst he was there for them to do that.
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
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He's either an awesome development driver or a world class data thief. Or both.

But his name is Peter of the Pink, so he's got my vote.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Will he keep his seat in Haas next year ? Now we know that VJ Mallya is facing charges of money laundering.. it might be time for Sergio Perez to move to Haas unless they've already lined up US drivers?
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Basically we all need to cheer on Charles Leclerc in GP3 and we can get rid of him. Haas have made it quite clear they fancy Leclerc in the race seat but he needs to win the GP3 title in order to qualify for a superlicence. If he doesn't get it then I reckon they stick with Guttierez for another year.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Apparently Haas will not commit to driver line up until the European season over which gives them options

a) Should the sponsors need an American region driver then it is easy to swap Gutierrez for Perez unless they would consider Massa or Nasr to entice more South American sponsors

b) Should Ferrari want to see some young driver development then LeClerc is in prime position

c) I am sure Alexander Rossi has not been forgotten since he did win Indy500

so really Esteban's position is not great unless he outscores Grosjean !
 

RasputinLives

So Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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a) Should the sponsors need an American region driver then it is easy to swap Gutierrez for Perez unless they would consider Massa or Nasr to entice more South American sponsors
Perez has already signed for Force India

b) Should Ferrari want to see some young driver development then LeClerc is in prime position
Haas have already made it clear they want LeClerc but as I said he won't have enough points for a super licence unless he actually wins the GP3 championship, even then I not sure they'll take him straight off. I reckon Guttierez has a good chance of having another year.

In actual fact he's stood up to Grosjean in quali better than expected.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
RasputinLives That is what VJ Mallya has been saying about Perez but Sergio apparently saying he needs to think long term whether it lies with Force India or not. Did not Carlos Slim just to buy him out of his contract to get him to Ferrari?

The appeal of having Mexico's top driver would appeal to Haas and potential sponsors. I don't think Perez has a big contract that needs to be bought out expensively for him to move to another team

Remember Gutierrez was picked because the Mexican sponsors of Ferrari wanted a Mexican driver and lucky for them Haas had a seat available
 
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