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.
MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.
Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.
Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.
Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.
The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.