Esteban Gutiérrez finished 19th in the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday after surviving getting sandwiched between Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber and Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor through turn one at the start of the race.
Despite contact that sent Wehrlein spinning off track and into Ericsson and then into the barriers, Gutiérrez emerged unscathed in 14th. The accident triggered the Virtual Safety Car and after a handful of drivers headed to the pits for service, the Mexican managed to keep his position.
Shortly after the race went green on lap four, Gutiérrez battled Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen for 12th. By lap six, the duo had pulled away and Gutiérrez got under pressure from Daniel Ricciardo, who sent him to 15th, a position he held until his first scheduled pit stop at the end of lap 13.
Gutiérrez made his final pit stop at the end of lap 50 and rejoined the race on 19th, position that remained unchanged all the way to the checkered flag.
“It was an incredible experience. We were pushing all the way, pushing all the limits we could with the car we had.
I had to take care of the brakes as we were struggling with the cooling of them, so I had to brake a lot earlier than I would have liked to. This wasn’t ideal when trying to fight your way up the grid, but it’s the only thing we could do to finish the race.
I wish we could have been able to deliver something better this weekend but, unfortunately, we were not able to this time. However, it was an amazing weekend – racing in my home country in front of all the Mexican people – and I really want to thank them because they’ve really made it a race to remember.”