Esteban Gutierrez has confirmed he’ll leave the Haas F1 Team in 2017, which paves the way for the expected confirmation of Kevin Magnussen to replace him next year.
The Mexican posted a note to social media late Thursday night.
The note reads, in English:
“Dear friends, I want to share with you that I will no longer be with Haas F1 Team for next season.
“I want to thank all the team and staff, especially Gene Haas for this opportunity to work with them. I wish them all the best. There are two races left, which I intend to enjoy to the fullest and as always, I’ll give my best.
“Special thanks to all my fans and supporters, you will always have a place in my heart.
“I hope to shortly share my plans for the future. Warm regards!”
Gutierrez’s F1 race seat options for 2017 are limited, with only Sauber – set to use year-old Ferrari engines and with Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr likely if not outright confirmed to continued – and Manor, which has at least one seat open with Esteban Ocon’s departure for Force India confirmed today, as the only teams yet to finalize their 2017 lineups.
He raced for Sauber in 2013 and 2014.
On the bright side, Gutierrez has seemed confident in interviews he’d have a place on the grid next year. And he just got married, so it’s not all bad for the 25-year-old Mexican.