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.