Formula 1 News

Gutierrez narrowly misses out on first F1 points

The young Mexican has had a tough start to his F1 career, but put in an impressive performance in Spain, leading a few laps before just missing out on points
Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 12th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez finished 11th in the Spanish Grand Prix, just three tenths of a second away from his first points as a Formula One driver. The young Mexican has had a challenging start to 2013, but finally justified his place at Sauber with a strong drive at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Until today, Gutierrez's F1 career was a series of rookie errors and unfortunate mishaps. The most obvious of his mistakes occurred in China when he ran into the back of Force India's Adrian Sutil in the early part of the race. Yesterday, he was found to have impeded Kimi Raikkonen in the first part of qualifying and handed a three-place grid penalty as a result. It looked like Gutierrez's fledgling career was going from bad to worse.

But it all turned around in today's race. Gutierrez started 19th, but made up three places in the early part of the race, before suddenly finding himself in the lead when most of the rest of the field pitted. He ran as high as seventh twice more in the race, but did not quite have the pace to challenge for the final points-paying position and finished 11th, right on the tail of 10th-placed Daniel Ricciardo. Perhaps most significantly for his confidence, Gutierrez finished ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, although that was largely due to Hulkenberg receiving a 10-second stop and go penalty after tangling with Jean-Eric Vergne in the pitlane.

Gutierrez commented after the race: "I focused on getting the most out of the car today, and it was important to achieve a result like this for me and the team. The team has given me the patience and tools to improve as a driver and this is what I could extract from the car. It was a tough race and tyre management was critical. At the beginning of the race I was quite surprised about how much I could get out of the tyres. The last two stints were a bit more difficult, but this is a step forward."

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