Formula E a "fresh start" for Gutierrez

Published on 15 Feb 2017 10:03

Esteban Gutierrez has found that there is life outside of Formula 1 after the Mexican failed to be retained by Haas for the 2017 season. Gutierrez joined the American team for their maiden season in 2016 but failed to score a point, while team mate Grosjean went on to secure 29.

Kevin Magnussen was announced as his replacement for 2017 towards the ending stages of last season and Gutierrez had to look to pastures new upon realisation that there was not an F1 seat available for him.

The 25 year old has confirmed he will be racing in Formula E in this year, debuting at the Mexican ePrix with the hope of securing a full time seat for the 2017/18 season.

"I don't see myself as unlucky," he told CNN. "Formula E is a fresh start, a new opportunity and I've found the love of my life. We have to see the whole picture of personal and professional combined. I've been very lucky."

"My idea is to prepare everything for (a full-time drive for) season four -- that's what I'm aiming for. The next two or three years, I see Formula E as being one of the most important categories in motorsport.

"It's a totally different concept to Formula One but it's very exciting to come in and see that there is a good future in front. Electric cars are the future of mobility in the world, most of us know that. Formula E has grown a lot, new sponsors are coming in, the racing itself is getting more interesting and I've heard that it's fun to drive in."


Fergal Walsh

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