Kaltenborn: Gutierrez will score points in 2013

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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has said that she is confident Esteban Gutierrez will pick up his first points in Formula One by the end of the season.

The Mexican driver has failed to make the splash in the sport that he may have wished to, failing to score any points and also struggling to qualify strongly as Sauber endure a difficult year with the C32 car. However, Kaltenborn does not have any concerns about Gutierrez’s chances for the rest of the season.

When asked by Autosport whether she thinks Gutierrez will score any points, Kaltenborn said: “Yes, I am sure about that.”

“It has been a very tough season. The challenge to come into Formula One, and get used to this environment, is a big step in itself.”

Kaltenborn admitted that the lacklustre car has hindered Gutierrez so far this season, with his teammate Nico Hulkenberg also failing to match his 2012 form thanks to the pace of the C32.

“Then of course if the car is not as competitive as we expected it to be, if you simply have bad luck then it is very tough on the driver,” Kaltenborn explained. “And that’s where we need to make sure he keeps his motivation high and try to support him finding consistency.”

Gutierrez did set the fastest lap of the race at the Spanish Grand Prix and led briefly before eventually finishing in 11th place, showing signs of the pace that caused Sauber to hire him as a replacement for Hulkenberg at the end of last season.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.