Esteban Gutierrez has explained how he aims to maintain his confidence during the next few races, as the Mexican rookie strives to secure his maiden point in the final half of the season. Since graduating from GP2, the 22-year-old has endured a tough debut season with Sauber in Formula 1.
After a highly competitive year last season for the Hinwil-based outfit, Sauber have since struggled greatly within the highly competitive midfield section alongside the likes of Toro Rosso and Williams. Whereas last season the outfit entered Belgium with 80 points, this year they have so far only accumulated a meager seven. Although only Nico Hulkenberg has finished in the points for Sauber so far this season, Esteban Gutierrez is remaining confident within the outfit that his maiden points finish is only just around the corner. At the Spanish Grand Prix he produced the fastest lap of the race and only just missed out on a point in 11th, a clear example of the type of season that has plagued the Mexican so far.
Despite Esteban Gutierrez’s longing to sore his first points in Formula 1, the youngster is remaining focused on maintaining his confidence behind the wheel of the Ferrari-powered Sauber C32. As the sport prepares to leave Europe and return to Asia next month, Esteban Gutierrez understands that for his first point to occur everything has to come together during the race weekend.
“Well it is something I want to achieve as soon as possible, but I also cannot panic and make a drastic change.” Explained Esteban Gutierrez, when asked about his elusive maiden points in Formula 1. “Everything has to come together and I have to be ready and well aware of that so I don’t start making mistakes and continue being progressive. The last few races have been very strong on my side. Last time out at Hungary we had some difficulties in qualifying related to car setup and also some failures on the car, which didn’t help. During the races I’ve been quite strong, which is where my confidence comes from and I’m looking at building on my confidence and maintaining it throughout the next few races.”
Last season Sauber enjoyed a tremendously competitive qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix with Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez, who managed to qualify 2nd and 4th respectively amongst the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button, the latter eventually storming to a controlled race victory. Although such a qualifying performance is highly unlikely after Sauber’s uncompetitive first half of the season, a double-points finish would understandably be a pleasing result for the Hinwil-based outfit.
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