Gutierrez completes Haas driver line-up

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Haas has confirmed that Esteban Gutierrez will return to Formula 1 with the nascent outfit in 2016, partnering current Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.

Gutierrez, 24, raced for Sauber in 2013 and 2014, scoring his only top 10 finish at the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix.

Gutierrez has spent 2015 in a test and reserve capacity at Ferrari but will now return to the grid with Haas.

"This is an excellent opportunity that builds on my time with Ferrari and I will make the most of it," said Gutierrez.

"Gene Haas believes in me and I believe in how he’s going about competing in Formula One. To have a race seat in a competitive car with Ferrari power is very special, and I appreciate the faith he has in me. I trust we’ll be able to achieve great things together."

Haas is confident that he has a strong pairing for the outfit's inaugural campaign.

"I got to know Esteban through our relationship with Ferrari, and after looking at the success he’s had to earn his role there, it became clear he was an excellent choice for our race team," he said.

"He’s young and hungry, but not inexperienced. His two years running a full F1 schedule has given him some very good race experience, and having spent this season at Ferrari as their third driver allowed him to see first-hand the methodology that makes Ferrari such a power in Formula One.

"We’re very happy to have Esteban as a part of our race team. Between him and Romain, we have a strong driver line-up that will help us develop our car and, ultimately, score some points in our inaugural season."

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