Formula 1 News

Gutierrez to join Sauber, Pic at Caterham

The Mexican official announcement was somewhat expected, different from Charles Pic, who currently is a Marussia driver.
Friday, November 23, 2012

SAO PAULO, Nov 23, 2012 (AFP) - Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will be promoted to Sauber's second race driver next season as Marussia's Charles Pic of France switches to Caterham, both stables announced on Friday.

Gutierrez, 21, moves up from the reserve team and will replace Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi beside Germany's Nico Hulkenberg, recruited from Force India to replace another Mexican, Sergio Perez, who joins McLaren in 2013.

Gutierrez, who signed for the Swiss team as a reserve driver in 2010, has never raced in F1 and finished third in the GP2 championship last season, with three wins.

"We are in no doubt we have a strong driver pairing in place for the 2013 season with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez," Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said.

Gutierrez added: "It will be a great pleasure to be racing in the same team as an experienced driver like Nico Hulkenberg.

"He will be a good reference point for me and will push me to adapt quickly to F1 competition so we can develop the car together with the team in the best way."

Dutch driver Robin Frijns, 21, has been taken on board as Sauber's test and reserve driver.

Pic, meanwhile, will move to Caterham after signing a long-term deal with the British outfit.

The 22-year-old has impressed this year in contast with his more experienced partner Timo Glock of Germany.

"It is clear that the team has great ambitions for the future," said Pic, whose best results in his first season with Marussia were a 15th place at the Australian Grand Prix, the first of his F1 career, and at the European GP in Valencia.

Both of Caterham's current drivers Finn Heikki Kovalainen and Russian Vitaly Petrov face uncertain futures. Kovalainen admitted on Thursday that he feared he would be out of F1 next season.

Charles Pic will be a member of Caterham in 2013.

Your Comments

 

Formula 1 News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ferrari confirms exit for Tombazis, Fry

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Horner says Kvyat has 'Raikkonen mindset'

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nielsen named Williams sporting manager

F1plusStore

F1 Standings

Drivers
Teams
1 Lewis Hamilton 384
2 Nico Rosberg 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo 238
4 Valtteri Bottas 186
5 Sebastian Vettel 167
6 Fernando Alonso 159
1 Mercedes 701
2 Red Bull Racing 405
3 Williams F1 320
4 Ferrari 214
5 McLaren 187
6 Sahara Force India 152

View complete standings table »

F1plusStore

Last F1 Race

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Felipe Massa
Williams F1
3
Valtteri Bottas
Williams F1
Fastest Lap

Daniel Ricciardo
1'44.496s

Pole Position

Nico Rosberg

View all »

 

Follow Us