Gutierrez working on several alternatives to stay in F1

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Esteban Gutierrez has said that he is working on several options to remain on the Formula 1 grid in 2015 after Sauber confirmed last night that it would be replacing the Mexican driver for next season.

Both Gutierrez and current teammate Adrian Sutil will be leaving the Swiss team at the end of the year, making way for Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson and GP2 driver Felipe Nasr.

Although Sutil does have a contract with Sauber for next year that will have to be compensated, Gutierrez’s efforts to negotiate a new deal fell short, leaving him looking elsewhere to secure a third season in F1.

Following Nasr’s confirmation last night, Gutierrez issued the following statement:

“Dear friends,

“I’d like to thank each and every member of Team Sauber for all the time we worked together. I wish them the best of success

Unfortunately, after long talks and negotiations, we were not able to reach an agreement. At the same time, we have and are working on several alternatives with the intention to remain in Formula 1.

“I deeply thank all my work team, my sponsors and fans for their support throughout my career. We will continue working as a team to find the best way to go.”

Gutierrez’s two seasons in Formula 1 have yielded just six points, all of which came at the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix where he finished in seventh place.

However, the cars that Sauber have produced over the past couple of years have not given him much of a chance to live up to his impressive junior record, and a second chance in the sport could yet allow him to prove his potential and ability.