Gutierrez: Time at Sauber doesn’t reflect my true ability

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Esteban Gutierrez has said that his true ability behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car was not reflected during his time at Sauber due to the quality of the cars produced by the team, but believes that the experience has put him in a good place for finding another role in F1 in the future.

Gutierrez left Sauber following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, making way for Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson after two years at the Swiss team.

During his time at Sauber, Gutierrez scored points on just one occasion, finishing seventh at the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix. Along with teammate Adrian Sutil, he failed to record a single top ten finish this year.

In Abu Dhabi last week, Gutierrez was asked by MotorSportsTalk whether he felt that his true ability had been shrouded by the circumstances he was working under, and admitted that although this was true, the experience has helped him.

“Yes I believe so,” Gutierrez said. “It’s not for me to talk about it, because obviously there is a lot of work behind the scenes which probably not many people realize.

“In my first year, I was a rookie, and there were many things happening which put me in a very stressful situation. Even then, I was able to show good performances in the second half of the year.

“Then I come into my second year when I can show my full performance and potential, and I find myself in a team that has gone a lot backwards and isn’t really in a position to show anything from my capabilities.

“Many times I did really great laps in qualifying, also really good races, but from the outside it’s not something you can really realize, because obviously the result is the result, and that’s what we need to accept.

“That’s why I am looking to be in a position to prove myself and show my capabilities, because I think these two years with the experience of the position I’ve been in, I think it’s a great place for my future in Formula 1.

“I don’t regret anything. Obviously there are always things I could have done better, not only on my side but from the team, other things could have happened better. In life, you cannot control everything. That’s how destiny is. Things happen for a reason. I have to move on, I have to keep fighting.”

Gutierrez is targeting a reserve role with a bigger team in F1 next season, and revealed that he has an offer that would see him take part in a number of practice sessions across the course of the year before trying to get a full-time seat again in 2016.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman said told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.