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.”