Esteban Gutierrez has joined the world of Formula E in time for the Mexico ePrix 2017. After four years in Formula 1, he saw his chance with the TECHEETAH squad in the all-electric racing series which he personally values highly: “After four years of an incredible experience in Formula 1, I’m now taking a step forward into the future of motorsports.”
Like most other drivers, Gutierrez also started his career in karting back in 2004. In 2007 he made the jump into single-seaters and took part in the American Formula BMW, in which he did not just show the best performance of any rookie, but also came in second overall behind Daniel Morad. In 2008, he crossed the Atlantic and continued his career in Europe. He was able to win the European Formula BMW title ahead of Marco Wittmann and therewith became the youngest Mexican driver to win an international title. With ART Grand Prix, he and his teammates Jules Bianchi, Valtteri Bottas and Adrien Tambay took part in the Formula e Euroseries in 2009. Just on year later, he became part of the team’s GP3 squad which was the basis for his move up to GP2 in 2011. After only two years in the junior series, he received a full-time Formula 1 seat with Sauber. After two unsuccessful years with the Swiss team, he was forced to leave F1 due to a lack of available cockpits. For 2015, he was nevertheless able to secure a place as Ferrari’s test and reserve driver. With Haas making their debut in F1 and the American squad’s strong connection to the Scuderia, Gutierrez was able to make his comeback in F1 and finished the season in an overall 21st place. With Kevin Magnussen taking over his seat, the Mexican was once again forced out of F1 and quickly showed his interest in the all-electric racing series before scoring a drive with TECHEETAH.