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Gutierrez takes home point on Formula E debut in Mexico City

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Esteban Gutierrez made a solid start to life in Formula E by taking a point on debut in Mexico City on Saturday for Techeetah.

Gutierrez announced in January that he would be moving into Formula E after losing his Formula 1 seat with Haas at the end of 2016.

The Mexican driver joined Techeetah and qualified 13th for his debut race, but struggled to get to grips with the energy management on his car in the opening stint, causing him to outside of the points.

A late flurry of drama allowed Gutierrez to rise up the pack, eventually crossing the line in 10th place to cap off a double-points finish for Techeetah after Vergne wound up second behind race winner Lucas di Grassi.

The result means that Gutierrez has as many top-10 finishes in Formula E as in F1, having only scored points once in 59 grand prix starts. That came in a charge to seventh at Suzuka in 2013 while racing for Sauber.

Gutierrez will see out the remainder of the Formula E season in the No. 33 Techeetah, having replaced Ma Qinghua, who stepped back into the role of reserve driver.

Gutierrez’s next Formula E appearance will be on familiar F1 territory as the all-electric series hits the streets of Monaco on May 13.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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