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Gutierrez scores points amidst car troubles

Esteban Gutierrez registered his second points finish in as many races following a recovery drive to eighth place at the Monaco ePrix.

The Mexican driver encountered troubles with his qualifying car and could only manage 14th place while team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne reached the Super Pole session, but praised his Techeetah mechanics for the hard work put in to enable him to complete a strong recovery drive and add to his points tally from Mexico.

“Today was still quite tough as we experienced some problems in the car and had to make a change,” said Gutierrez. “I was not able to try the qualifying car and went straight into the session with different settings, not ideal ones and that compromised our qualifying.

“Considering the situation that we had today the team did a great job to recover and keep the car together and also to do a good race on a track where it’s very difficult to overtake. As you could see we managed to recover from 14th to eighth.”

The former Formula 1 driver then went on to explain how the results are helping his confidence in the car and how he is seeing progress being made by the Techeetah team.

“Consistency is the main thing to make progress. It’s very important to be solid in every situation and considering it’s my second time in the car we can still do much better. I’m not completely satisfied because I know we can do much better but as a team we are making progress and will be there soon.

“I am very grateful as they have offered me the rest of the season, which to me was important to have a progressive adaptation to the car and to the series in general.

“I’m enjoying the work with the team and giving feedback, it’s important to make the steps that the team needs to achieve the win and to be more consistent in the way the speed is being shown.”

Gutierrez finished by answering a question from reader Krzysztof A. Woźniak‏ (@KAWMotorsport): How big an impact has Formula E had in Mexico?

“Huge! I thought it was more than what I expected, there was amazing support and great motivation. It was a funny situation to go for the first time in Formula E in Mexico with all the people and it was definitely something special.”

Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda

About Topher Smith
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