Gutierrez stars to make Q3 for the first time

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Esteban Gutierrez proved to be the big surprise of qualifying in Singapore today, making the top ten for the first time in his Formula One career.

Gutierrez explained on Thursday that he would be piloting an aggressive strategy for qualifying in Singapore, and it paid off as he ran just once at the end of Q2 with low fuel to finish P7, before opting not to run in the final session due to a lack of tires.

Speaking after the session, Gutierrez said: “At a certain stage, you set certain goals. You keep working persistently, improving, improving, improving, and then suddenly you’re only missing one thing, and this thing we knew it was qualifying.

“Now we come to Singapore knowing we needed to be more aggressive, and then to achieve it better than expected it’s very special. It’s a very good step in terms of confidence.”

The Mexican driver also outqualified his more-established teammate, Nico Hulkenberg, who dropped out in Q2, finishing P11.

Despite making the final session, Gutierrez did not run as he had run out of tires.

“I run out of tires. Getting a feeling for the new tires is really a challenge, when you go out only for one lap and to feel the track improvement and feel everything… it’s something I’m lacking of experience, so I needed to have this experience, to go maximum for qualifying and to really use everything we have. This is what we did and it paid off.”

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)