Esteban Gutierrez is looking to continue the form that he displayed at the last round of the season in Japan. Formula 1 heads to the India next and the Buddh International Circuit, a circuit that he enjoys driving around and describes as “very special.”
The Mexican finished in seventh place at the Suzuka circuit, making him the first rookie to score points this season. He is hoping that the momentum will continue at the Indian Grand Prix.
Looking ahead to the race, he said: “I know the Buddh International Circuit from driving in free practice for Checo (Perez) last year, and I completed 29 laps. It is another track that I like, because it has really long straights, very good braking and fast chicanes, which make the driving experience very special.”
He added: “There is quite a lot of margin for error with the run-off areas, but in order to put a good lap in you need to be precise. You have slow and medium speed corners that are quite technical, like turns five, six and seven. This is quite challenging for the tyres. The goal will be to continue the rhythm we found and translate that into results.”
Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is looking for his fifth consecutive points score at the Indian Grand Prix: “Last year I had a good result in India as I finished eighth, so it was great to get some points. It is quite a nice track and one of the modern ones with some tricky sectors, especially sector two as there are a lot of corners that are combined. It is not one of my favourite circuits, but it is still nice to be driving there.”
Sauber are currently looking to challenge Force India for sixth in the constructor’s standings. Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said in an interview that giving up on the 2013 season was “never an option” and that the team are “always looking ahead.”
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