Gutierrez expecting to open contract talks with Sauber soon

Gutierrez expecting to open contract talks with Sauber soon

Esteban Gutierrez is expecting to open talks with Sauber soon over a contract extension which would see him remain on the grid for 2015.

Gutierrez, like Sauber, is yet to score a point this season, in what has been a miserable year for both the Mexican, who has recored just a best finish of 12th, and the Hinwil-based team, which currently sits 10th in the constructors’ championship, behind Marussia.

Despite these struggles, the former GP3 champion, who carries substantial backing from telecommunications giant Telmex, remains hopeful of securing his place on the grid for another season, with the prospect of a home grand prix in Mexico looming in 2015.

“That’s something we need to speak [about] in the next few weeks,” Gutierrez told Sky Sports F1.

“Obviously it’s a subject that we’ll bring up pretty soon and something that we also need to look after certain opportunities that we can get around and see what’s really the most convenient one.”

The Mexican admitted that while 2014 has been a challenging experience, he is striving to push on and prove himself, in what his second season in Formula 1.

“It’s really been very challenging for me because I’m only 22-years-old, it’s only [my] second year in Formula 1 and obviously in your second year when it’s critical you really want to be in the position to show what you can do and at the moment I’m not really in that position.

“It’s a challenge, I love challenges and I need to enjoy this process as well.”

Image courtesy of Sauber Motorsport AG

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.