The Mexican made his F1 debut last year and scored six points, thanks to seventh place at the Japanese Grand Prix. Despite his race performances improving throughout the season, he often struggled in qualifying and only managing to start ahead of his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg once.
With Adrian Sutil joining Sauber in 2014, Gutierrez admits that qualifying is his weakest area and is something he has to work on if he wants to move up the grid and establish himself as a team leader.
When asked in an interview with Crash.net what he feels his biggest weakness is, he replied: “I’d say qualifying. A little bit of inconsistency in qualifying. It’s somewhere where I need to really establish a pattern which will give me the confidence to push forward.
“For example in the race performance I’ve always been quite confident and the way everything was managed was very good, even though we didn’t have great qualifying sessions. I think myself getting more consistency can give me a big boost in other things.”
Commenting on the main things that he learned from his rookie year in F1, he said: “I think it’s mainly the experience I gained which gives me more confidence. It’s important to have this confidence in order to have the space to take other priorities which are at the moment my communication with the team, my understanding with the technical side, my understanding with the tyres, and you can go more specific in those areas.
“That gives me a better picture of the whole thing, a better perspective, and allows me to perform in the way I’m looking for.”
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