The German driver is looking to return to the top 10 after failing to score points at the last race in India for the first time in four races. However, he took positives away from the weekend after running in eighth before his retirement.
Looking ahead to round 17 on the 2013 calendar, he said: “The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a stunning event, especially during twilight when you get some really nice footage and pictures. The paddock is really nice and probably has the best atmosphere of the year with very modern facilities. The track is pretty tricky and technical, especially the last sector which has a lot of twisty, 90-degree corners.”
He added: “It’s easy to get it wrong and overdo it in qualifying. It’s not one of my most favourite circuits. I think it’s too much stop-and-go and it’s missing a flow. We will have plenty of work to do so we can understand the tyres.”
Pirelli will bring the soft and medium compound tyres to the Yas Marina Circuit and predict a two-stop race, although a one-stopper could be possible.
Esteban Gutierrez will go into this weekend in a positive mood despite crossing the line in 15th place at the Buddh International Circuit. He is a fan of the track and has plenty of experience driving it thanks to races in GP2 and testing in F1.
“The Yas Marina Circuit is a great place to have a Formula One race,” he enthused. “I really enjoyed racing there in GP2 and also testing for Formula One in previous years. The track is pretty straightforward and I have quite a bit of mileage there. Sector one has two high-speed corners that are fun. Sectors two and three have a few tight corners, which require a lot of traction.”
He continued: “After the Indian GP we will approach the weekend in a positive way and look forward to getting the maximum out of it. In terms of racing, to me it doesn’t make a difference if we race during the day or at night, but the atmosphere in Abu Dhabi is always good, and I look forward to the weekend.”
Gutierrez is the only rookie on the grid to score a top 10 finish after his seventh place at the Suzuka circuit in Japan. The battle for sixth in the constructors’ championship rages on between Force India and Sauber despite the deficit to the Swiss outfit increasing to 23 points, due to Hulkenberg’s retirement.
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