Haas Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez says finishing 11th is “getting boring” as his points drought approaches three years.
Gutierrez joined NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ eponymous F1 operation for its debut season in 2016, having previously spent two years racing with Sauber in 2013 and 2014.
Haas’ charge has been led by Romain Grosjean so far this season, the Frenchman scoring all 28 of its points in the opening 12 races.
Gutierrez has come close to the top 10 on a number of occasions, recording four 11th-place finishes, much to the Mexican’s frustration.
“It’s starting to get boring to finish in 11th position,” Gutierrez said.
“It has been better and better for me every race, less problems, more consistency. It’s not nice to finish races too many times in 11th position.
“But I’m convinced that I will get my chances, as there’s still half of the season left and I know what I’m capable of.
“Finishing in front of my teammate is the first goal, but it’s not enough for me.”
Gutierrez’s last points came in the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix when he finished seventh for Sauber, which remains his only top-10 finish in F1.
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.