Gutierrez refusing to look beyond 2013

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Esteban Gutierrez is refusing to look beyond the end of this season despite speculation surrounding his future beginning to intensify.

The Mexican driver currently races for Sauber, but with eighteen-year-old Sergey Sirotkin set to join the outfit next season, the Swiss team may be keen on a driver with more experience than Gutierrez to accompany him. For Gutierrez though, the first priority is scoring his first points in Formula One.

“I think that at the moment I focus on this season,” he explained. “From the personal point of view, for myself and also for the team, and in general for my career it’s important to solve what I need to solve first, and then see what’s coming for next season.

“Obviously I always want to be the quickest driver, I want to achieve the best results and I’m in the process to consolidate myself and to achieve that in a consistent way in the future.”

Gutierrez stressed that he was still developing as a driver, and that the team has never seen him as a ‘one-season driver’.

“The team knows my development from three years ago already. We have been close together and this is not a one-year plan, obviously we look for the future. I’m not speaking about next year, I’m speaking about my development and right now the part of my development at this moment is very important.”

Having not scored a single point so far this season, Gutierrez could be poised to break his duck at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. Traditionally, the race has experienced a high rate of attrition as many drivers drop out and retire, which could give Gutierrez a chance to break into the top ten and get off the mark in F1.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.