Gutierrez refusing to look beyond 2013

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Esteban Gutierrez is refusing to look beyond the end of this season despite speculation surrounding his future beginning to intensify.

The Mexican driver currently races for Sauber, but with eighteen-year-old Sergey Sirotkin set to join the outfit next season, the Swiss team may be keen on a driver with more experience than Gutierrez to accompany him. For Gutierrez though, the first priority is scoring his first points in Formula One.

“I think that at the moment I focus on this season,” he explained. “From the personal point of view, for myself and also for the team, and in general for my career it’s important to solve what I need to solve first, and then see what’s coming for next season.

“Obviously I always want to be the quickest driver, I want to achieve the best results and I’m in the process to consolidate myself and to achieve that in a consistent way in the future.”

Gutierrez stressed that he was still developing as a driver, and that the team has never seen him as a ‘one-season driver’.

“The team knows my development from three years ago already. We have been close together and this is not a one-year plan, obviously we look for the future. I’m not speaking about next year, I’m speaking about my development and right now the part of my development at this moment is very important.”

Having not scored a single point so far this season, Gutierrez could be poised to break his duck at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. Traditionally, the race has experienced a high rate of attrition as many drivers drop out and retire, which could give Gutierrez a chance to break into the top ten and get off the mark in F1.

Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.