Gutierrez labels Monaco mistake as most painful of his career

Gutierrez labels Monaco mistake as most painful of his career

Esteban Gutierrez has labelled his late mistake in the Monaco Grand Prix, when he spun out of the race at the Rascasse while in the points, as the most painful of his career.

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Gutierrez had been on course for both his and the Sauber team’s first points of the year before a brush with the barrier on the entry to the tight right hander at Rascasse, which spun him out of the race.

“I touched the guardrail in Rascasse on the entry to the corner and spun, that was the end of the race,” explained the Mexican,” who has still just finished in the points once in his Formula One career, in Japan last year.

“It is very disappointing. We had a great chance to earn some points.

“It is probably the most painful mistake in my career,” he added.

The 22-year-old was left to rue his mistake, as owing to Jules Bianchi’s ninth place finish, Sauber have slipped to tenth in the constructors’ championship behind Marussia, with the Swiss team still without a point in 2014.

The Mexican’s team-mate Adrian Sutil similarly failed to finish, the German’s race  prematurely ended after a crash at the exit of the tunnel on lap 23, bringing out the safety car.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.