Mexican driver Esteban Gutiérrez looked set to miss out on the 2015 Formula One season after losing his seat at Sauber. With an all-new lineup at the Swiss team, Gutiérrez was left without a drive for the coming year. Now, Ferrari have handed him a lifeline, of sorts, signing the young driver as their test and reserve for the season ahead.
The deal was no doubt helped by the partnership between Sauber and Ferrari engines, and it’s the first signing new team principal at Ferrari Maurizio Arrivabene has made. He says: “We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty of experience relating to the new generation of Formula One cars. I’m sure he will make an important contribution to the development work of the team in the simulator.”
Although no doubt disappointed not to be racing next year, Esteban says this role sets him on a new path for the future, and adds: “I’m going to do my utmost to contribute to the achievement of the targets set by the Scuderia.”
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