Gutierrez can bring experience to Haas

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Esteban Gutierrez says he can aid Haas' progress with his own experience when the squad enters Formula 1 at the start of the 2016 season.

Haas is Formula 1's first new team since the trio of Lotus Racing, Virgin and Hispania entered the sport in 2010 and the American outfit has signed Gutierrez to partner Romain Grosjean.

Gutierrez spent two years acting as reserve driver for the Ferrari-powered Sauber team prior to two seasons in a race seat in 2013 and 2014.

Gutierrez occupied the role of reserve at Ferrari in 2015, sampling the SF15-T during in-season testing in Spain and Austria, and reckons he will be well-equipped to help Haas' development in 2016.

"I believe that I can contribute a lot with my experience, my knowledge of the development of the engine, the gearbox from 2012 to 2013, 2014 when the rules changed dramatically," he said in an interview with Ferrari's official website.

"How it developed from 2014 to 2015, I’ve always been driving Ferrari engines so I know all the procedures and everything. I think it’s a very important thing to have."

Gutierrez expressed thanks to Ferrari after acting as understudy to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in 2015.

"I feel very grateful for this amazing opportunity to be with Ferrari," he said.

"It has been a very long season, but at the same time it went by very quickly.

"I have learnt many things from a lot of very good guys in the team, best mechanics, best engineers, two World Champions like Sebastian and Kimi, the best team principal, Maurizio [Arrivabane], and I really want to thank them because they have opened the doors for me to be part of it as a third driver, to contribute as well and to take the most of my experience.

"Now I have a big challenge ahead, that I’m much looking forward to."

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