Gutierrez shares peaks and valleys in latest F1 rookie diary

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Life hasn’t been easy for Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez this season. In his latest rookie diary for the official Formula One website, he shared some of the peaks and valleys he has hit.

We should note that was written before the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, and the tragedy that struck the race with the loss of the corner marshal while retrieving Gutierrez’s car.

In looking at the events prior to Montreal, Gutierrez admitted his best weekend thus far came in Spain, where he finished 11th, one spot outside of the points.

“To be consistent and make no mistakes and at the same time be competitive – that was something that I felt was a significant personal achievement,” he wrote. “So, it wasn’t a race win, but the impression of having fully ‘inhaled’ Formula One. That was a very special feeling.”

The biggest area where he needs to improve, he admitted, is qualifying. He’s shaded more experienced and highly rated teammate Nico Hulkenberg on Saturday all year.

“What I can say is that I have to improve in qualifying,” he wrote. “Getting a perfect lap – that is something I still have to work on. In the race it hasn’t been that bad – the speed has actually been pretty good. When I spoke of balance before, getting the right balance between qualifying and race is high on my agenda.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.