Gutierrez: I have proved that I deserve to be in F1

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Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez is confident that he has proven himself to be worthy of a seat in Formula One as he heads into the winter break without a secure contract for next season.

The Mexican driver finished inside the top ten on just one occasion in 2013, finishing seventh at the Japanese Grand Prix. However, this did mean that he finished the year as the top rookie with Valtteri Bottas picking up just four points and Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton all failing to score any points. In his ‘Rookie Diary’ for the official Formula One website, Gutierrez explained that his is not feeling uneasy about 2014.

“How much of a weight on my mind is it that I don’t have a contract for next year yet? Well, once you get into Formula One you have to accept that it is a pretty unstable situation for most drivers,” he explained. “Maybe you have stability for the first three months, and the rest is a roller coaster ride. But that is something that you get used to and you should not combine what is happening around you with your performance.

“The bottom line is that I have big goals in F1 and I want to achieve them. I believe that with my race performances from Singapore onwards I have proved that I have the level to be in Formula One. So I am confident for my future. God will place things where they belong.”

Gutierrez is not the only Mexican driver looking for a seat in the sport next season with McLaren’s Sergio Perez also without a contract for 2014.

However, Gutierrez is probably one of the most improved drivers across the course of the season. He has certainly turned a corner since the Singapore Grand Prix when he explained how he wanted to be more aggressive. Since then, he has regularly competed for points, and he will be hoping that this has been enough to prove himself worthy of a seat next year.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”