Gutierrez enjoys F1 practice run

By on Friday, October 26, 2012

Esteban Gutierrez has said that he feels ready to step in again after his practice début with Sauber in India.

The Mexican driver replaced compatriot Sergio Perez in practice one after Sauber claimed that their regular driver was unwell.

"It was a great experience to step in for Sergio this morning. For me it was the first time I have been at the wheel of the C31, as I have only done straight line testing so far. Also I didn’t know the track before, which made it an even more interesting session", said Gutierrez, who finished in 20th.

"I have worked very closely with the team all season, listening to the radio and attending the engineers’ meetings. Today I really enjoyed seeing from the inside of the cockpit what I had only seen from the outside. It was also very interesting to be part of an official Formula One event for the first time".

"It is obviously different to testing and it is challenging to stay focused. I think the circuit here is amazing, especially with the chain of fast corners.  However, my target was to progress during that session and make sure I brought the car home in one piece", said Gutierrez, who survived a lurid moment on the exit of Turn 9.

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